By By Kate BurdenFor some, it is the first time the word “village” has been used to describe a college town.
But for others, it has been an echo of another time and place, when campuses were more like rural backyards, and students lived off the land.
And as the term “villages” has become a part of everyday life, it’s not hard to see how they have become a shorthand for a way of life that has become increasingly difficult to sustain.
It has long been known that the University of Iowa has a “villaged” status.
In fact, the University’s current building was originally called “the Farmhouse.”
Yet, that is not the only way to describe what a “villa” is.
And, for those who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s, the word was the only one that was easy to imagine.
“I grew up on the farm, so I used to call it a village,” said Jessica Peeples, a recent graduate of Iowa State University.
“I grew out of it.”
And it wasn’t always like that.
When Peebles was young, it was more like a city.
It was rural and small, but not out of the reach of the suburbs.
“In those days, it wasn