||Smithsonian magazine has selected the 20 best small towns to visit in 2013, with Fairfield ranking #7 on their list. All 20 are featured on the Smithsonian website, and the April issue of Smithsonian magazine features the top 10. The article talks about Maharishi University of Management and includes a photo of the group meditation program in the men's Golden Dome.
The article highlights the highly creative entrepreneurial community, and notes the role played by MUM:
"Fairfield could stand as a case study from The Rise of the Creative Class, Richard Florida’s book on the link between educated populations and economic development. Fairfield got the one when the college opened its golden domes, drawing accomplished people who saw its sweetness; it got the other when they started dreaming up ways to stay. 'Everyone who arrived had to reinvent themselves to survive,' said mayor (and meditator) Ed Malloy."
The article also notes the wide range of cultural offerings, including the galleries, Art Walk, Sondheim Theater, and the varied architecture of the city. And it closes by mentioning the focus on sustainability, including Abundance Ecovillage and the community's solar-powered local radio station.