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Old 12-27-2014, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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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.
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Old 12-27-2014, 09:11 PM
 
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No universities? or no community colleges either?
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Old 12-27-2014, 09:23 PM
 
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That really depends on your definition vibrant and city.

I think Portland, Maine fits the bill.

There are also a lot of smaller towns that are seasonally vibrant. Ski/Beach towns especially.

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Old 12-27-2014, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Traverse City, Michigan, is a very hip city, and has only a community college offering 2-year degrees, although there are provisions on campus to earn a degree from a partner university elsewhere in the state.

The population is 85,000 in the county, anchored by Traverse City and its adjacent townships.
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Old 12-27-2014, 10:34 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.
Define city. Do you mean major city? Or any place whose government defines itself as a city even if the population is 20,000? I assume you mean the former, in which case I think the answer is no, but if you mean the latter, there are many answers. Like someone else said, smaller cities (probably what I would consider a town) that has a decent downtown area and some things to do.
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Old 12-27-2014, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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I'm talking about any city that is a principal city within an MSA.

By "vibrant," I mean a place where people want to be, and are enthusiastic about in general.
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Old 12-28-2014, 01:49 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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It's not too profound of a question when you realize education was pretty important in the early days of pretty much any major American city. Kind of hard to grow cities with nothing but farmers.

A better question would be what cities are vibrant in spite of a college (or colleges) presence or even which cities lack vibrancy while still having a major college in/near their downtowns.
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Old 12-28-2014, 07:30 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Just about every large and medium sized city has something.

For a small city, there's Santa Fe, NM. It's full of artistry, history, festivals, tourists, and a pretty diverse range of good food for a small city. Outside of a few small and private art schools, there aren't any real four year colleges there.

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I think Portland, Maine fits the bill..
Portland has University of Southern Maine, but it doesn't have a huge presence nor does it feel like a college town the way a comparable city like Burlington, VT does.
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Old 12-28-2014, 07:42 AM
 
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Define city. Do you mean major city? Or any place whose government defines itself as a city even if the population is 20,000? I assume you mean the former, in which case I think the answer is no, but if you mean the latter, there are many answers. Like someone else said, smaller cities (probably what I would consider a town) that has a decent downtown area and some things to do.
This, as a very small city that came to mind was Corning NY.

This may be a great website to search for something like this: https://www.planning.org/greatplaces/
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Old 12-28-2014, 08:32 AM
 
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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.
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?
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