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janie@atthelake
Keep Austin Weird
01:33 PM on 06/25/2010
How funny! The photo of Austin is on the "great lawn" at Zilker Park......and that is "dillo dirty".....
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kiki1966
02:49 PM on 06/25/2010
Actually, that looks like Auditorium Shores to me...Zilker isn't that close to downtown. It's close but that angle makes it seem like AS to me. (I live right there.)
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janie@atthelake
Keep Austin Weird
02:59 PM on 06/25/2010
You are right..its Auditorium Shores. You can see downtown from parts of Zilker..though not at that angle. Here is a fan to ya from another Austin girl!
P.S....is it hot enough for ya? ...and its not even August...
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latoussaint
Truths and roses have thorns about them.-HDT
01:15 PM on 06/25/2010
I despise that term, especially now-a-days. Being from Boston, referred to as college-town, it's not. Cambridge is, sort of, well, more than the mentioned above. Most of those places, I would not call a "town". I think with a few exceptions, most are "cities". Amherst is a college town. Chico is a college town. I would even consider Boulder a college town. Denver, Atlanta, Raleigh, Oxford, Austin... college cities.
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Hopalongpoppyseed
May you reap what you sow.
04:36 PM on 06/25/2010
I had a girlfriend at Chico in 1966. Hot summer nights there. Haven't been back since then. Why go to Chico when she is not there?
12:22 PM on 06/25/2010
Denver is a "college town"? What, then, do you mean by that, any city that has a college, and therefore virtually any large city? Is NYC a college town? And what college is it that makes Denver a college town. DU, with about 9000 students? CU-Denver, a satellite of CU, which is in an actual college town? Oh, maybe you mean Metro State!
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12:14 PM on 06/25/2010
College and university...big time consuming scam.

Our analog education is a slow, bothersome process, and soon to be antiquated. Brought to you by garage hobbyists who bucked big academia.
01:15 PM on 06/25/2010
Learning how to think critically is not a waste of time.
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Carl Klapper
The Cassandra of American Politics
02:08 PM on 06/25/2010
I think orbs point is that we already know how to think critically and that we are doing so on the web. At least, we are doing so with about as much regularity as is done in big academia.
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02:22 PM on 06/25/2010
Agreed.

How long and at what expense that process entails however...is where I say society ought to with stepping off in a new direction.
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Hopalongpoppyseed
May you reap what you sow.
04:45 PM on 06/25/2010
"Our analog education is a slow, bothersome process..." Orbs, you are so right and why would anyone ever want to waste time with discussions of Homer, Virgil, Herodotus, or Shakespeare or Thomas Mann? I think you meant "garage hobbyist." How's that home schooling working for you?
12:06 PM on 06/25/2010
Glad to Greensboro on the list.
01:15 PM on 06/25/2010
Could have picked a better photo though. Where's Tate Street?
01:30 PM on 06/25/2010
Yeah, Why not put up a photograph of UNCG or Greensboro College?
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Sue Denimme
12:01 PM on 06/25/2010
What about Bloomington, IN? I read our county grew by 10,000 in the last decade. Not sure of the city stats but that is nearly a 10% growth.
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rigmoten
Pride never helps. It only hurts.
12:00 PM on 06/25/2010
Las cruces has a picture of a bird. Lol. Sam and Emma had a baby, thus the huge population boom.
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azatrox
One of those "fake" Americans
04:40 PM on 06/25/2010
Yes, Las Cruces has nothing but dusty streets. So please stay away.
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rigmoten
Pride never helps. It only hurts.
02:18 PM on 06/28/2010
Don't take that as a slight, I just thought the picture was funny for an article of growing towns.
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azatrox
One of those "fake" Americans
11:50 AM on 06/25/2010
Kinda disappointed to see Las Cruces, NM on the list. It's a funky town with amazing history, restaurants, and outdoor activities, but it's sprawling out into the desert like Phoenix, Tucson, and Albuquerque. Bummer.
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cybolt
This Space for Rent
11:44 AM on 06/25/2010
Calling Denver or Atlanta a college town is like calling LA, San Francisco, NY or Detroit a college town. Sure they have colleges there but the town doesn't revolve (more or less) around the presence of that college or university. To me, that is the main criterion

Denver -- no. Boulder -- yes.
Atlanta – no. Albany, GA (Albany State, Troy State) – yes.

I LOVE Austin but I wouldn’t call it a college town any longer. Although it still has that vibe, it is also the capital of a massive state, has a huge, independent music, art and film scene and is home to “Silicon Gulch.”

There are so many other better choices… so many small towns in the NE in which the college is central to the community’s monetary and interpersonal commerce.

Kind of a toss-off by hp… shocking, I know.
12:22 PM on 06/25/2010
Yeah, laughed at that, too. Every large metropolitan city of over 6 million is bound to have a couple of colleges ... none of which are the source of population and/or business growth.
01:18 PM on 06/25/2010
Atlanta, while not a college town, does have a high number of really high quality institutions. Denver, not so much.
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cybolt
This Space for Rent
01:47 PM on 06/25/2010
Understood.
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azatrox
One of those "fake" Americans
11:41 AM on 06/25/2010
Las Cruces, New Mexico has the BEST Mexican food in the COUNTRY (well, okay, "New" Mexican food). No, it's not in Santa Fe or Albuquerque. Las Cruces. Mmmmm.... :-)
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MISTERUNCONVENTIONAL
The only attitude I've ever had is a bad one.
02:21 PM on 06/25/2010
Oh yeah!!!!
Red or Green!!!
11:35 AM on 06/25/2010
I think of a college town as a town where the college is the main industry. No Raleigh, not Denver!
11:32 AM on 06/25/2010
Love, love, love, love, love Lawrence, Kansas. It's a diamond in a ... you know.
11:34 AM on 06/25/2010
Lawrence is on the USA list with 1.1% growth last year but I see it is not above, in the top 13.
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cybolt
This Space for Rent
12:53 PM on 06/25/2010
Nice choice.
Sandmanj
Tread gently. Mother nature is pregnant.
11:29 AM on 06/25/2010
What's the point?
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azatrox
One of those "fake" Americans
11:51 AM on 06/25/2010
Somethin' to talk about.
11:28 AM on 06/25/2010
No Boston on this list? Or Madison? Or even Ann Arbor? Silly. The major recreation at most of the schools you list is Drinking 101. Spare your liver and your brain.
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azatrox
One of those "fake" Americans
11:40 AM on 06/25/2010
The slideshow is "fastest growing college towns"; why would you expect that to necessarily be associated with college quality?
11:18 AM on 06/25/2010
Fort "Fun" Collins is Awesome, used to live there. So many awesome things within an hours drive and the people are really cool.
11:33 AM on 06/25/2010
And gorgeous! The Rocky Mountains are addicting.
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azatrox
One of those "fake" Americans
11:44 AM on 06/25/2010
Agreed FlyingEagel. Lived there for a couple years...amazing outdoor activities and awesome breweries...just wish it wasn't so darn expensive to live there :-(