In particular, St. Paul and Minneapolis underwent some massive urban renewal projects in the post-war period, so that many of the buildings in history were lost. Some of the larger and difficult buildings to demolish survived.  In fact, the area could be more marked by bridges than by buildings. A series of reinforced concrete crossings across the Mississippi River were built in the 1920s and 1930s. They still contribute to daily circulation, but remain pleasing to the eye despite their age (some have undergone extensive repair work, but retain the original design). Many of the bridges are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. These include 10th Avenue Bridge, Intercity Bridge (Ford Parkway), Robert Street Bridge and the longest bridge, the 1,255-metre-long Mendota Bridge, next to Fort Snelling. The area is also known for the first known permanent crossing of the Mississippi River. This structure has been gone for a long time, but a number of Hennepin Avenue bridges have been built there since then. Both city centres have an extensive network of closed walkways known as Skyways.
The Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Division manages more than 1,500 organized sports teams.  Saint Paul has a continental climate typical of the Upper West of the United States. Winters are icy and snowy, while summers are hot and humid. In the climatic classification of Koppen, St. Paul falls into the hot summer-humid continental climate (Dfa). The city experiences a range of precipitation and related weather events, including snow, snowfall, ice, rain, thunderstorms, tornadoes and fog.  Minnesota has two sister-active state relationships. The engagement between St. Paul and each city was different, with some municipalities contributing to permanent monuments in St. Paul and vice versa.
In Phalen Park, for example, the new Xiang Jiang Pavilion – a gift from the city of Changsha – marks the first phase of a 1.2 hectare garden called St Paul-Changsha China Friendship Garden of Whispering Willows and Flowing Waters. Metro Transit, by far the largest bus service provider in the region, owes its existence to the old tram lines that used to run in the area. Metro Transit provides about 95% of the region`s public transportation with more than 900 buses, although some suburbs have other bus routes. The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities operates a free bus system between their campuses. This system includes the campus bus line connecting that runs between the Minneapolis and St. Paul campus with a special bus line and through both campuses on normal access roads. Metro Blue Line LRT began operating in June 2004 and connected downtown Minneapolis, Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport and the Mall of America to Bloomington.