Frat parties aside, living in a college town has lots of pluses.
Danville's recent ranking in Southern Living magazine as No. 6 on a list of "21 Best Southern College Towns" may have caught some by surprise. For me, it's a well-deserved honor that's been a long time coming.
Look before you leap, kids.
We tend to equate the end of summer with the end of adventures. We return from our carefree summers to our school and work routine, adjusting back into the "busy trap." But we can still find adventure -- just maybe not in the ways that immediately come to mind.
#1 Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering (Needham, MA) #2 Washington University (St. Louis, MO) #3 Virginia Tech University
For me, going away to school was the first time on my own. I was in a new place where I could reinvent myself. It was in college that I really became me. There was an energy in college that was unique. Each day our minds were exposed to new ideas. It was exhilarating. It's not surprising then, as people start planning their retirement, that moving to a college town environment is so popular.
You don't need to be a student to pay a visit to these college towns -- there's theater, great restaurants, hiking and microbrews to keep even non-undergrads happy.
Whether they are desolate college towns or bustling metropolises, the cities that serve as our college-town homes are only ours temporarily, a third place in between the cities with the homes we grew up in and the future meccas with the homes we'll build for ourselves.
It's game time, and touchdowns and tailgating are in full swing. But not everyone is ready for some footballlll. These five great college towns offer plenty of amusements beyond the end zone. These are our top picks for destinations that score big with football junkies and non-fans alike.
The people of Davis, California don't think so, as The New York Times reports this week. Their police department is returning the Pentagon's gift of a "mine-resistant, ambush-protected" motorized tank (MRAP).
Everyone nowadays seems to enjoy new-car interior air. But give me a whiff, any time, that brings back memories of adventures and interesting trips over a bunch of years. Here's a look at a few automobiles that I'd pick in a second over a Lexus, that I would drive again with pride -- if only they were still here.
Iowa is looking good. Well, good in terms of where the best college towns are located. Iowa has two cities in the top five