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Some Good Press (for a change)
The blog MOVOTO.com has decided that These Are The 10 Best College Towns In America, and it has picked Hanover as the best of the best:
Addendum: Boston’s WCVB has put together a video puff piece about Hanover, too. It begins as follows: “Hanover, New Hampshire is a very sophisticated place…”
Addendum: An alumnus, who has looked at Hanover from both sides now, writes in with a strong viewpoint:
Having lived in Hanover during my undergraduate years and having returned to the Upper Valley a decade later to settle for 13 years, I couldn’t help but guffaw at your news that a blog has pronounced Hanover the best college town in America. Most of their criteria have no relevance to college students, just as most of the businesses in Hanover have no relevance to college students.
I have really enjoyed living in the retirement community with a college in it that Hanover has evolved into, but its rules and amenities are far more aligned to the needs, pleasures, and judgments of “grown ups” than those of nineteen year olds. Only two days ago I witnessed a seemingly endless stream of elderly pour, to the extent they were able, out of yet another Osher (formerly Ilead) class that filled Spaulding far more robustly than most courses and events aimed at students. It is extremely common to go to Hopkins Center events and see many more community members than undergraduates in attendance.
It wasn’t until I lived in Boulder, Colorado, with its large commercial district organized around appealing to college students, that I truly understood what a joyless desert Hanover presents in comparison.
If the blog had said what they meant, that Hanover is the best college town in America for retirees, then I would agree completely. The advertisement for retirement communities that appears at the top of the blog gives away the game.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own interviews, a review of…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…