Coming from over 20 years in a big city(Atlanta) to the midwest was a welcome change of less chaos, less heat(duration, it still gets too hot here) but the jury is still out on me liking the cold. I traded one very large city for 4 medium sized cities, the Quad Cities. Its a metropolitan area divided by the Mississippi River between two different states with two cities on each side of the river.
What that does is create enough business and culture within the 4 cities without too much massiveness, about 400K total. But these cities have been on this river with its history for a long time.
Growing up on the rivers of Florida, I have a special love for rivers. I enjoy the interesting mix of tug boats and play boats. I apologize for not have the right camera for far distant shots but thought you could still enjoy.
I found this new street art today about the uniqueness of the 4 cities and wanted to share.
And though the river does rule us from time to time when flooding, we still enjoy its heritage and its beauty.
As you celebrate your city, remember its history as that is what makes the city what it currently is, and as always remember to be kind.