College Towns Stay Vibrant
Examples considered in the article include Columbia, Missouri; College Park, Pennsylvania; Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina and Davis, California.
"Universities have long served as incubators for fresh thinking and new research. They also provide a solid economic base for area residents, allowing college towns to hold the distinction as areas of low unemployment. The economic activity trickles down into the host city, influencing the ethos of its civic life, from outdoor leisure pursuits to the performing arts."