Minneapolis is very much a city of energy, flow, and movement. Since it is located next to the Mississippi River, the types of businesses and trades that come out of the city are in some ways related to the river. The city gets some of it's energy from hydroelectricity that is produced from the river. The energy and flows within the city are, however somewhat constricted due to the severe temperatures in the cold seasons. The city's climate also has an effect on the types of things that are produced from the city. Minneapolis has a history of being the nations top flour producer in the world. This may or may not be related to the city's climate or location but i just thought i'd trow it out there. When referring to movement in regard to Minneapolis, most of it is done either above or below ground, as far as people go. Now this isn't necessarily the case during the warm months of the year, but during the cold times, most people stick to the sky way's and tunnels that are connected throughout the city as well as on campus.
This sort of controlled movement plays a big part on how people view the city and the lifestyle of Minneapolis. It is seen as a more structured and purposeful city, rather than the way New York City is viewed as a metropolis of streets and buildings.