From an AP story about flooding in Iowa City:
IOWA CITY, Iowa - A week's work of frantic sandbagging by students, professors and the National Guard couldn't spare this bucolic college town from the surging Iowa River, which has swamped more than a dozen campus buildings and forced the evacuation Sunday of hundreds of nearby homes.
The dateline notwithstanding, I get the feeling these writers have never actually been to Iowa City. Or maybe they just don't know what bucolic means, because it ain't. It's a nice place, to be sure, but not rustic, pastoral, or rural in the least.