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Some Good Press (for a change)

The blog has decided that These Are The 10 Best College Towns In America, and it has picked Hanover as the best of the best: Hanover.jpg

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.


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