How 55401 has changed in the past 10 years...

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I moved to the zip code 55401 almost 10 years ago, and remembered the first night while unpacking my suitcase when I ordered a pizza:

[Flashback Mode ON]

PH: "Pizza Hut, can I take your order?"
LL: "Yes I would like to order a pizza"
PH: "Can I have your zip code please"
LL: "55401"
PH: "Sir, sorry - we do not deliver to your zip code"
LL: "What? What do you mean you don't deliver to my zip code"
PH: "Again, sorry. 55401 has been labelled a 'no delivery' zone due to the crime rate in the neighborhood"
LL: "?????"
PH: "Is there something else I can help you with, sir?"
LL: "Well, if you're Pizza Hut, and you can't deliver pizza to me, I suppose not"
PH: "Have a good evening"

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Tonight sitting in my apartment, looking out my window at my now partially-blocked view of the Mississippi, I realized how the 55401 zip code (especially the Warehouse District which I call home) has changed in the past 10 years. Not only will Pizza Hut deliver, but so will Dominos, Papa Murphys, and at least 10 more restaurants in the area. I can also walk 3 blocks to a bar where you can get a back massage while sipping a Martini, an extra block to enjoy authentic Latin Carribbean cuisine, then wind down at a bar where DJs spin chill-out music all night.

Then tonight I stumbled upon a web site showing those living around me who have made presidential campaign contributions - to find out that my neighboring residents consist of CEOs, lawyers, university professors... and then ME.

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You really sold me on your city there, can I move in with you?

My memorable pizza delivery flashback is while I was at USC, living in the midst of crime infested South Central, I called for a pizza, went downstairs, debating how much tip I should give to the guy, when he pulled up in a spanking new BMW 3 series, complete with the Domino's signage tied to his roof top. Suddenly, I didn't feel like my education was all that important anymore...

Lootlander you are always welcomed in Minneapolis if you ever want to give up your lifestyle of the rich and famous in exchange for ice fishing and bearing -30 windchills ;)

The guy was obviously living way beyond his means - I would rather be driving a Honda Civic and NOT have to deliver pizza.

hey. i used to deliver pizza. what's wrong with delivering pizza?!

It's funny. I never realized that river by your place was the mississippi. DUH!!!

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