Sunday, November 18, 2018

Hanover's Main Street and Relationship with Dartmouth College

The Dartmouth, newspaper of Dartmouth College, has published a number of articles on economic activity in Hanover, NH and the interrelationship of the town and college. A recent article, "Main Street Hanover through the years," by Anna Wilinsky.  

Wilinsky provides an overview of changes over time that included a major fire and evolving retail patterns.  She concludes that possibly the "...most important mainstay of Main Street is its relationship to the College. Main Street’s proximity to Dartmouth has allowed its businesses to serve Dartmouth students and faculty for generations. Main Street also serves as an attraction for visitors to the College, enticing prospective students and families with its small college town charm. Moreover, Main Street businesses depend on the Dartmouth community. Commitment to local business is especially important in the age of digital commerce..."

An earlier College Towns & University Cities post, "Impact of Dartmouth on Economy of Hanover and Surrounding Towns," includes additional information and a link to the Dartmouth College website for the "Exploring Hanover's Main Street," page developed as a collaborative project of a Landscapes of New England geography course that offers information on Hanover and the relationship between the college and the broader community.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

An Insider's View of Durham's Economic Renaissance

CityLab posted an amazing and fascinating article by Barry Yoeman providing an insiders view of redevelopment in Durham, NC.  

Residents of colleges towns can identify with Yoeman's comment in "How a Booming City Can Be More Equitable" that civic live is an obsession, yet "...building community, I’ve found, is not like building a house. Or, more accurately, it’s like building a house with a bunch of partners using different blueprints, while others are disassembling the foundation and yet others have confiscated some of the tools."  

Yoeman describes a situation where turning factories into tech hubs and microbreweries is the relatively easy part, while "...building a shared commitment to its most vulnerable citizens..." is a more difficult part of redevelopment.  He concludes by commenting that, "If Durham’s history is proof of anything, it stands for the idea that building community is an all-hands effort that requires buy-in from everybody—elected officials, civic organizations, religious leaders, artists, and businesses. And it can only be built by lowering barriers—to owning a home, to exhibiting your paintings, to launching a startup, to gaining a voice in public policy, to feeling like you belong in the town square."

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Excellent Series Highlights Turnaround for Texarkana College

Sydney Johnson, assistant editor of Edsurge, authored an excellent three-part series on Texarkana College.  The institution was in trouble a decade ago facing serious financial issues as it struggled to meet student needs.  Johnson focuses on the leadership of James Henry Russell who became president in 2011.  Russell has been able to reconnect the Texarkana community with the college and encourage significant changes in curriculum and facilities by working with  institutional staff and faculty.

You can follow the links below to each article in the series:
The college was founded in 1927 as a public junior college and celebrated its 90th anniversary during the last 2017 academic year.  It serves the Texarkana community located on the border between Texas and Arkansas and currently enrolls 4,250 students.

Monday, August 27, 2018

University Technology Hubs

It has been a while since I've posted anything to the College Towns & University Cities blog due to several summer trips.  I'll get back on track with this post from Steve Dubb at Nonprofit Quarterly, "University Technology Hubs Reshape College-Community Relations--For Good or for Ill," highlighting the Cortex Innovation Community technology hub in St. Louis that has seen a ten-fold increase in startups in the past eight years.  Dubb mentions other similar initiatives, including Harvard University’s Allston Yards development, an enterprise and tech center, and links to several people who are studying the impact of these activities on institutions and communities.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Historic Preservation at Flagler College Shapes St. Augustine

Colleen Jones reports in "How Flagler College's legacy of historic preservation has shaped St. Augustine." It is an interesting article from The St. Augustine Record and focuses on Flagler College’s preservation efforts over the years that have reached approximately $62 million for restoration, rehabilitation and renovation.  

Those with an interest in reading more about Flagler College can check several posts from the Small College Garden and College History Garden blogs:

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Comparing Sarasota / Bradenton in Florida with Cambridge, MA

Don O'Shea, president of the New College of Florida wrote an interesting column for SRQ Magazine comparing the college towns of Sarasota/Bradenton and Cambridge, MA.  

The column also provides an overview of the Cross College Alliance, a consortium of higher education institutions along the west coast of Florida that includes: FSU—Ringling, the arts campus of Florida State University; a regional comprehensive university, the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee; a nationally ranked liberal arts college, New College of Florida; a nationally ranked arts and technical college, Ringling College of Art & Design, and an excellent former community college, the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota.

Choose Tallahassee: Marketing the Benefits of a College Town

Tallahassee, FL and a marketing initiative, Choose Tallahassee, are featured in "A Florida City Wants More Retirees, and Is Going After Them" from The New York Times on June 8, 2018.  Reporter Elizabeth Olson interviewed a number of people retiring to Tallahassee to identify some of their reasons for relocating.  She also describes key features of the city's strategy for building off the benefits of Florida State University, Florida A & M, and Tallahassee Community College with 66,000 students to differentiate Tallahassee from other college towns like Athens, GA, or Tuscaloosa, AL and from other well known Florida cities.
The Choose Tallahassee website includes more information on affordable housing options, access to healthcare, and opportunities for recreation, culture, dining and other aspects of living in the city.
There is also a link back to an earlier Times article, "College Towns Can Be Attractive Later in Life," with reporting by Amy Zipkin on November 25, 2016.  Zipkin interviewed a number of retirees relocating in college towns to identify some of their reasons for moving.  College towns mentioned in the article include: Fredericksburg, VA and the College of William & Mary, Ithaca, NY with Cornell and Ithaca College, Asheville, NC and the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and Oxford, MS with the University of Mississippi.