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MSNBC names Lawrence one of top U.S. college towns

June 25, 2010

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Try this on for a new league for Kansas University.

MSNBC.com named Lawrence as one of its nine favorite college towns in the U.S., placing it in the same league as some of the more renowned university communities in the country.

“We’re in very good company,” said Susan Henderson, marketing director for the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau. “It is very flattering.”

The other eight: Austin, Texas; Berkeley, Calif.; Athens, Ga.; Gainesville, Fla.; Princeton, N.J.; Madison, Wis.; Boston; and Boulder, Colo.

Lawrence was highlighted for its history — particularly Old West Lawrence — Massachusetts Street, the city’s arts scene and outdoor areas around Clinton Lake.

“They hit all the highlights,” Henderson said. “That’s what we spend a lot of time talking about. The fact that MSNBC has endorsed it means we’re on the right track.”

Henderson said such mentions online do have a real impact. She said these articles often remind readers that they’ve heard other good things about the community, and will plant a seed about making their own trip.

Plus, she said this one comes at a good time as travelers may be looking for a quick summer get-away.

Comments

ralphralph 3 years, 9 months ago

Re: The Art Industry (oxymoron?)

As Downtown becomes a restaurant and bar zone, rather than a shopping zone, implement incentives to include exhibition space, performances, music venues, etc., so it becomes not just a place to eat and get drunk, but a place to eat and get drunk and support the arts!

The live music scene is the real hallmark of the best college communities .... e.g., 6th St in Austin. That doesn't happen by accident, but needs to be fostered. Do it.

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powershopper 3 years, 9 months ago

Cool, but not as cool as the 90's when Lawrence/University of Kansas consistently made Playboy and National Lampoon's list of top 10 party schools.

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Bob Kraxner 3 years, 9 months ago

Way too many spear-chuckers in Lawrence, IMO...

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huskerpower 3 years, 9 months ago

Why do I have a feeling that most of the antagonists on this site would also complain if Lawrence was left off of the list???

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livefoniks 3 years, 9 months ago

And Kansas City was the first city in the NATION to have the Plaza Lighting Ceremony!

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spartyinjayhawkland 3 years, 9 months ago

Regardless of how one feels about the idealogical spin at MSNBC, I say thank you for acknowledging Lawrence's combination of highly positive traits! Let's roll up our sleeves and get as much mileage out of this rating as we can in support of high end economic development.

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BigPrune 3 years, 9 months ago

...one of MSNBC's 9 favorite pinko commie towns......

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Alabamastreet 3 years, 9 months ago

PS, I live on the fringes of OWL, but some of the streets here are among the most beautiful residential streets I've ever seen (and I travel a lot). People take pride in their homes and their neighborhoods, so I have no idea why anyone would say it is taken over by student housing, that's craziness and factually wrong.

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Alabamastreet 3 years, 9 months ago

Second great piece of news for Larryville in a week! Population growth and now some national publicity. There is nothing more I like doing that bragging about my town to all my JoCo co-workers, we are lucky to have gem of a city, let's all keep working to make it even better. See you at the Wednesday band concert, see you at the Thursday night movies, see you on Mass street, see you at the farmer's market and see you out on the Kansas River bike trail. It's just another great, great day to be living in Larry!!!

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 9 months ago

The local real estate industry has been at it again.

Those are my findings after researching the "favorite city ratings" two years ago. The real estate industry keeps busy trying to sell houses.

That is when I discovered Lawrence,Kansas was known for art. At that time Lawrence was holding a number 17 position.

For whatever reason Art was the only topic Lawrence had any recognition whatsoever among "cool" college towns.

Does MSNBC actually spend any time in these cities? No. There are tons of these surveys and they only know what they are fed.

Lawrence,Kansas would be more economically sound if it would truly develop the Art industry for that is one area that remains strong and some communities are claiming that ART revived their local economics.

Forget the money losing Baur Farms,Riverfront Plaza,Tanger Mall, 6th and Wakarusa and the southeast Lawrence retail venture.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 9 months ago

MSNBC would probably say California is one of the most prosperous states too.

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Keith Richards 3 years, 9 months ago

Boston is not a college town, regardless of how many colleges there might be.

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Eddie Muñoz 3 years, 9 months ago

Wow, so many negative voices on the LJW!

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Benjamin Roberts 3 years, 9 months ago

MSNBC? This is great news. Now all of Lawrence and the 3 people that watch MSNBC know that Lawrence is one of the top U.S. college towns.

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workinghard 3 years, 9 months ago

What were the ratings for academics, housing, jobs, and crime? What were they rating on, fun? Exactly what is the reason for including Old West Lawrence, tearing them up for substandard student housing has ruined many of the houses.

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Stuart Evans 3 years, 9 months ago

stabbings, shootings, rapists, homeless, endless construction, ticket scandals, lenient judges....Makes one wonder what's going on in the rest of these places.

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parrothead8 3 years, 9 months ago

While I can't disagree with any of the cities on the list, I'm a bit surprised that Chapel Hill, NC did not make the list. That is one cool college town, even if it is UNC.

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not_holroyd 3 years, 9 months ago

Where is that slumlord one-eyed-Wilbur who wants to complain about everything possible in Lawrence and KU while he takes advantage of the captive market of KU students?

Oh, at his Arizona condo?

Seems to me that if we taxed wealth like his, or at least taxed his properties appropriately, that there wouldn't be any budget crisis in Lawrence.

Maybe we just need a Lawrence slumlord registration and taxation system.

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TrooGrit 3 years, 9 months ago

I think puddleglum should be our town spokesman. I mean he's prettier than most of us, and is quite a spokesman. Right puddly wuddly?

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easyliving 3 years, 9 months ago

"Keith" Olbermann.....is that you? Sneaky Liberals.

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Keith 3 years, 9 months ago

MSNBC? Isn't that part of the liberal media?

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kusp8 3 years, 9 months ago

Quick, hide this from Lew, don't let him taint this too.......and yes, I just said taint.

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