The amount of research that was put into this book is really astounding. I've spent my entire adult life living in college towns, and I appreciated the author's incites into what exactly it is that distinguishes these unique places from the rest of the world. College towns are often said to be ten square miles "surrounded by reality". Personally, I think reality is overrated.Favorite quote:"Davis is a typical kind of college town where liberal politics are mainstream, moderate dems are considere [...]
This book gave insights to what creates successful downtowns. Having a university or college closely associated can help if local leaders understand what they contribute. Unfortunately, many cities don't take advantage of having a college in the town.