I'm a Lawrence, KS vegan. As others have mentioned, this is the home of the University of Kansas (KU). Politically, we are a little blue speck out in the red sea of kansas. I have not been a student for a very, very long time, however, I enjoy living in this University Town. It is centrally located, so that my husband is able to commute to Topeka, while I commute to Kansas City for work. We have a community owned food co-op called The Community Mercantile ('The Merc'), and it has the best selection of organic produce of any place that I have ever shopped in my life (and I've lived a number of places). A Wild Oats came to town but could not compete with The Merc, and ended up shutting down. The Merc has a very strong loyal following.