If you squint, perhaps, the picture underneath Mayor Chris Coleman’s welcome to St. Paul in the program of the national figure skating championships looks like St. Paul from Harriet Island. And the bridge could easily be mistaken for the Wabasha Street Bridge.
Squint a little more, you’ll see it. More.
@mayorcoleman Whoopie….. What's wrong with this picture? #USChamps16 pic.twitter.com/0CE5JuPJuU
— Isaac van Bruggen (@IsaacvanBruggen) January 22, 2016
It’s not St. Paul, of course, it’s the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis, the up-and-coming St. Paul-wannabee to the west.
Mayor Coleman’s Twitter response was classic St. Paul.
Our plans to take over @CityMinneapolis have been compromised. https://t.co/3wSKH7Z1dP
— Chris Coleman (@mayorcoleman) January 22, 2016
A spokesperson for U.S. Figure Skating said it was a proofreading error and no disrespect was intended.
Once the big blue chicken replaces the Stone Arch Bridge as the icon of Minneapolis, this sort of mistake will happen less frequently.