Saint Paul as Hogwarts

The other day, I tweeted out a link to a story about the "Welcome Hat" project coming up in a few weeks. Here's the conversation:

Well that got me thinking. What if Saint Paul did have a "sorting hat"? Which parts of the city would be which houses?

Anyway, I made a map. (I tried to make population equivalent districts.) Here you go:

[Saint Paul Hogwarts.]

And here's the explanation:

[Simplest explanation of the Hogwarts houses.]
East Side is Hufflepuff because loyalty, often bordering on stubbornness, pretty much defines the neighborhood.

Downtown, West 7th, West Side, and Cathedral and Summit Hills are Ravenclaw because that's where a lot of the city's "planning and thinking" goes on, and people downtown are fairly comfortable ignoring the rest of the city.

Highland Park, Union Park, and Mac-Groveland are Slytherin because of the mix of (social / political / other kinds of) aspiration combined with a sense of entitlement. You know it to be true.

Saint Anthony Park, Como, Hamline-Midway, Frogtown, and the North End are Gryffindor because of the determination and courage it takes to cross Snelling Avenue, Dale Street, or University Avenue.

Note: The exact border of Ravenclaw and Slytherin is probably debatable.

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