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Old 10-12-2012, 06:34 PM
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Now this thread is turning into the same old same old urban vs. rural p'ing contest. This thread should just be put out of its misery.
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:50 AM
 
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Are college towns of Manhattan and Lawrence uniquely Kansas unlike KC Metro Area? Just curious. I have always heard great things about Lawrence and KU.

I have been through Wichita once. It didn't feel like a city at all. It looked uniquely Kansas to me.
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Old 11-28-2012, 01:17 AM
 
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Are college towns of Manhattan and Lawrence uniquely Kansas unlike KC Metro Area? Just curious.
Yes.
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:38 AM
 
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Are college towns of Manhattan and Lawrence uniquely Kansas unlike KC Metro Area? Just curious. I have always heard great things about Lawrence and KU.

I have been through Wichita once. It didn't feel like a city at all. It looked uniquely Kansas to me.
I would say that Manhattan is. We lived there for a couple years and in JC for 10 years so we visited there often. Lawrence is really VERY liberal and KS is, for the most part, conservative. "Uniquely Kansas" to me would be the rural areas, fishing, hunting, quaint little towns, lakes, unique natural beauty and traditional families.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:06 PM
 
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I would say that Manhattan is. We lived there for a couple years and in JC for 10 years so we visited there often. Lawrence is really VERY liberal and KS is, for the most part, conservative. "Uniquely Kansas" to me would be the rural areas, fishing, hunting, quaint little towns, lakes, unique natural beauty and traditional families.
Do you know how Lawrence ended up being a liberal enclave in a state like Kansas? Does it have anything to do with the historical event of Bleeding Kansas where the residents still stand up for their progressive beliefs and values like they did against the hot issue of slavery at that time?
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:31 PM
 
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Do you know how Lawrence ended up being a liberal enclave in a state like Kansas? Does it have anything to do with the historical event of Bleeding Kansas where the residents still stand up for their progressive beliefs and values like they did against the hot issue of slavery at that time?
Lawrence has always attracted intellectual and creative people with KU exerting a large influence throughout NE Kansas. Google the Free Staters. Lawrence remains one of the very few progressive cities in the entire Plains region.
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Old 12-01-2012, 01:48 AM
 
Location: Kansas City
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KCK doesn't have much newblood or newcomers, except Hispanics, yet it still seems detached from the rest of the state and is very much an isolated urban cesspool.
"An isolated urban cesspool."

Gee, thanks.
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Old 12-01-2012, 03:04 PM
 
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Lawrence has always attracted intellectual and creative people with KU exerting a large influence throughout NE Kansas. Google the Free Staters. Lawrence remains one of the very few progressive cities in the entire Plains region.
I agree, GraniteStater! I have heard many great things about Lawrence, Kansas/Douglas County and KU even here in the South.

Where are other very few progressive cities in the entire Great Plains region? I am curious to know.
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Old 12-01-2012, 03:40 PM
 
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I agree, GraniteStater! I have heard many great things about Lawrence, Kansas/Douglas County and KU even here in the South.

Where are other very few progressive cities in the entire Great Plains region? I am curious to know.
I would look at Iowa City, IA although it is technically in the Midwest. It has IU and one of the lowest unemployment rates for a city of its size. Highly regarded healthcare there as well.
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:54 PM
 
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I would look at Iowa City, IA although it is technically in the Midwest. It has IU and one of the lowest unemployment rates for a city of its size. Highly regarded healthcare there as well.
I have been to Iowa City. While it is very nice, it seems to be isolated without a bigger city nearby. Cedar Rapids (45 miles away) doesn't count as an urban city.

At least, Lawrence is not that far from Kansas City. That's why Lawrence is more appealing to me.

Are there any more progressive cities left in the Great Plains? I was thinking Lincoln, NE but I have never been there.
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