An outsider's look at college towns including guess who?
Blake Gumprecht is a geographer who has written the first and definitive book on college towns called, not surprisingly, The American College Town. Gumbrecht studies several town and gown locations including Ann Arbor. In thematic chapters, he explains what makes each of these towns unique whether it be the political and cultural enviroment, their emergence as high tech centers and their enrichment as well as detraction from their local communities. (Take the current plan by the U of M to occupy Pfizer's campus). The book has been praised by collegues as an insightful, very readable look at this geographic phenomenon.