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Old 12-28-2014, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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It's profound because it defies logic. What city of any size is not going to have post secondary education options for residents and continue to thrive?
It is a misconception that universities are needed to thrive. Most suburbs and exurbs don't have colleges and they are the fastest growing areas in the US. In fact, there is a new term for it, mini cities.
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Old 12-28-2014, 09:24 AM
 
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It is a misconception that universities are needed to thrive. Most suburbs and exurbs don't have colleges and they are the fastest growing areas in the US. In fact, there is a new term for it, mini cities.
They feed off of a center city that highly likely has those institutions though.
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Old 12-28-2014, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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^ This.
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Old 12-28-2014, 11:38 AM
 
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^ This.
I bet many area people take advantage of educational opportunities at Middle Tennessee State in your city or in Nashville.
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Old 12-28-2014, 01:16 PM
 
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It is a misconception that universities are needed to thrive. Most suburbs and exurbs don't have colleges and they are the fastest growing areas in the US. In fact, there is a new term for it, mini cities.
Suburbs and exurbs are, by definition, dependent on central cities which typically have institutions of higher education.
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Old 01-01-2015, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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Interestingly, there's plenty of examples of suburbs that may have a well-known local college yet are still completely devoid of any vibrancy. Here in Metro Detroit, Oakland University is pretty well regarded and even just had it's 100,000th graduate a week or so ago and the school seems to be growing at a pretty good pace. Though it's definitely not because students are attracted to the area. You have to travel quite a few miles to find anything remotely walkable let alone vibrant.

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Old 01-01-2015, 10:16 PM
 
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Here is a profound question.

Are there any cities that are considered to be vibrant, but have no college presence whatsoever?

I can't seem to think of any.
A lot of large cities have colleges & universities yet are not dominated or defined by them -- ex. LA, NYC, Chicago, D.C., even Seattle. These cities would exist without their educational institutions. Plentiful cultural events, the arts, sciences, etc... offered in each city and without any university affiliation.
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Old 01-01-2015, 11:09 PM
 
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What you seem to consider "Vibrant" cities are typically large and established. Universities would found themselves here for population size alone.

Jackson or Casper Wyoming maybe? There is only one four year school in the whole state.
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