University Cities | A NEW SPECIES OF CITY
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University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

When

Friday 
October 13th, 2017

A New Species of City

These cities have outgrown their college-town status and created dynamic economies around the major research universities in the urban core. Here’s how we define them:

  • Metro between 250k and 1 million

  • Major research university in the center of the city

  • More than 10% of population are students

KEYNOTE: PROF. ED GLAESER

Edward Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, and author of Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier. Join us at the University Cities conference to hear from mayors, academics, university presidents, and other thought leaders about what it means to be a University City.

University Cities share same DNA…

University Cities are full of talent…

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economically resilient…

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and have outsized arts & culture

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University Cities are also

Entrepreneurial…
Business starts per 100,000
226
UCs are 12% above the national average
Have low violent crime…
Violent crimes per 100k
263
UCs are 28% below the national average
And have a low cost of living.
Fair market rent for a 2 bedroom apartment
803
UCs are 15% below the national average.

While everywhere else suffered in the recession, this new urban species somehow kept unemployment, costs of living, and crime rates down. What we can learn from ‘University Cities.’

Post-industrial City. Metropolis. Border Town. Tourist Mecca. We like to classify our cities, giving them labels that signal what makes them tick, why they’re special.

Now, data suggest there’s another urban typology to add to the list: The University City. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said, “If you want to build a great city, create a great university and wait 200 years.”

NPR

Walk around Videon’s headquarters, and it’s easy to forget that you’re in a short, squat building in the back of an office park. Dogs run around the open workspace, filled with standing desks, funky stone tables and huge computer monitors. They’re an audiovisual technology company, so it make sense that they would want to show off their equipment.

This group, which he calls “university cities,” have distinct characteristics that make them different from smaller college towns or major cities with big research universities. And those characteristics translate into big economic development opportunities in the 21st century’s knowledge-based economy.

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