ENMU and the town of Portales have this rift. Years ago it was common knowledge old-timers resented the university. There was definite animosity. I don't know if that's changed much. A couple of years ago an investor bought the old, abandoned, downtown Portales Inn Hotel. He told me he had no idea a university was there until after he moved in to begin renovations. Sad, since the university is only a few blocks from downtown and the town of Portales is small, about 12,000 residents.
Enough bad. The town of Portales is a great place for families or those wishing for a small-town existence. Shopping is limited (of course there's a Walmart), and nearby Clovis offers a small mall. For true shoppers one must travel to the cities of Lubbock, Texas or Amarillo, Texas-both about a two-hour drive. I've always preferred Lubbock over Amarillo. If one wishes to open or move a business to Portales I would offer high encouragement. The town is very business-friendly, especially if one can cater to that sought-after 15 year-old to late 20 year-old demographic.
More coming soon!