Apparently (at least by some claims) it did in the case of Seattle. More pertinent to yours truly is the case of my hometown of Buffalo and its namesake, my alma mater. A very interesting article appeared in The Chronical of Higher Education recently discussing the university’s long-term plan, called UB2020. The comments on the above article are especially telling. The poster identified as ‘buffalomaine’ is me (not to be confused with ‘buffaloman’).