There’s a billboard campaign in Manhattan at the moment showing how the island would look if Central Park were developed, and the rest of the city . . . wasn’t.
It’s a brilliant way of showing the amount of space we devote to each use.
How would Minneapolis look rendered in such a fashion?
Imagine office buildings occupying Lake Calhoun, Cedar Lake, Lake of the Isles, etc. — and the rest of the city green.
I’m sure the ratio of green space to developed is higher in Minneapolis than NYC — and most other cities, for that matter.
It’s also the case that forests of 50 and 70-story buildings (Manhattan) cast much longer shadows than 15 and 30-story buildings (Minneapolis), even if the former are more impressive to look at.