Columnist Tom Eblen explores the University Cities research and Mayor Jim Gray’s thoughts on the idea’s application in Lexington.
Lexington has been a college town for more than 200 years. But when Scott Shapiro, a top aide to Mayor Jim Gray, was benchmarking local data against other cities recently, he discovered something interesting: Lexington was one of six U.S. cities whose numbers place them in a unique category.
Tom Eblen: Lexington one of six ‘university cities’; can it take advantage?
The city council in Fort Collins, a University City, voted to be carbon neutral by 2050.
We’ve done some research comparing University Cities to other cities the same size, and to larger cities. The latest FBI crime statistics show that violent crime in university cities is, on average, 11% lower than other cities the same size, and 19% lower than the largest 15 cities.
And yesterday, Gallup released a survey of 189 cities, asking people how safe they feel walking home. University Cities Fort Collins, Madison and Lincoln came in at #2, #11 and #12.
University City Fort Collins topped Gallup’s list of most-satisfied cities, with 94.9% saying they were satisfied with the city they lived in. University Cities Madison and Lincoln were #9 and #12 out of the list of 189 cities. Lexington was #32 and Ann Arbor came in at #35.