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We’ll finish off the 2018 Best of Ithaca awards section with some open-ended questions the audience answered for us. It’s always nice to hand out awards, but they only give a glimpse into what our readers really have bouncing around their brains. So here’s a chance for them to expound a little bit, get a little creative, and have everyone’s voice heard… except the ones that were really, really inappropriate (a few!) or spelled so poorly they were beyond recognition (a lot!). So without further ado….

Career Advice for Svante Myrick 

  • No more road diets
  • ALWAYS get involved in a land war in low-vacancy urban areas
  • Move on to a state or federal position
  • Keep moving ahead with ideas for safe injection sites and don’t let Ithaca go backwards in our low number of marijuana arrests
  • Be more liberal. Seriously. Great job so far though.
  • Run and don’t look back
  • Seek higher office
  • Get to D.C.
  • Stay local
  • Always keep Ithaca close to your heart as you climb the political ladder.
  • Keep climbing and run for president someday
  • stay true to yourself and your community
  • Stop messing up traffic!
  • Run for Congress
  • Support city employees or become a bike messenger
  • Re-do traffic patterns to reduce congestion
  • Keep up the work on the safe injection site
  • Be more present in Ithaca
  • Keep on kicking ass
  • It’s time to help the people in DC get their act together
  • Pass the torch.
  • Congressman, then Senator...
  • Move on up
  • Run for U.S. House of Representatives
  • Keep doing what you’re doing! Working for the people.
  • Cool it with the development and roll down your pants
  • Stay!
  • Run against Trump for President in 2020
  • Get a one-man show on Broadway, and then run for Senate.
  • Be a mentor for youth aspiring to politics
  • Listen to your heart
  • Run for governor
  • If you can tackle and reduce homelessness in Ithaca (and around) you’ve got the ear of people on both aisles.
  • Hustle
  • Keep doing what you are doing. More housing that is affordable for working middle class young adults (not college students) {preferably pet friendly}. And keep trying to run for Governor.
  • Senate (national, not state level)
  • Keep it up!
  • Address the traffic and roads in ithaca
  • Run for Congress then for the presidency
  • Feel the Bern!
  • Don’t feed into greedy developers.
  • Stay here for 2 more terms, then go statewide of national
  • Congressman Myrick
  • Stop bro-ing out with your bros
  • Smile at passers-by
  • Keep it real
  • Stay true to your values
  • Keep looking at what’s good for our community for the next 7 generations
  • Serve your constituents
  • Can’t please everyone
  • Listen to your opposition; they deserve your support too
  • Don’t let traffic, cars & pollution be your legacy!
  • Keep in touch with your constituents, even if you have dreams of one day becoming president.
  • President
  • Keep doing what you’re doing
  • Parking in Ithaca
  • Low-income housing please!
  • Keep on tweeting your truths
  • Don’t go national
  • Campaign to legalize pot
  • Support immigrants and stay liberal
  • Figure out a way to stay our Mayor AND serve at the State and Federal levels. We need you everywhere!!!!
  • Go for president man
  • Be president
  • Keep pushing the envelope!
  • Keep following your heart
  • Keep running for higher offices
  • Tax Cornell
  • Tax Cornell
  • Tax Cornell
  • Tax Cornell
  • Tax Cornell
  • Tax Cornell
  • Hospitality Service in his 3 new hotels
  • Don’t quit your day job
  • Fix the streets!
  • Cut down trees blocking view of Ithaca Falls
  • Focus on impact
  • Keep up the good work in public service
  • Stay cool
  • Stop pushing safe injection sites
  • Albany or DC
  • Albany or DC
  • Stop focusing on the addicts and start helping the children of addicts!
  • Eat somewhere new
  • Be more transparent about your decisions
  • Stay true to yourself
  • Poverty/Homeless Advocate
  • Remember: “small town charm” requires lack of skyscrapers
  • Go for president!
  • Keep on keeping on
  • Keep being the same fierce advocate for Ithaca that you always have been.
  • Go for it
  • Don’t listen to mean people
  • Keep doing what you’re doing
  • Run for State Senate
  • Never leave us
  • Stay positive and keep your sense of humor - it is SO endearing
  • Don’t be so nice
  • don’t run for higher office
  • Stop the drug traffic in West Village
  • Stay in Ithaca
  • Solve downtown parking problem
  • Governor of New York
  • Keep up the good work!
  • U.S. President
  • Speak up!
  • Don’t count your chickens til you’ve put them in one basket
  • Don’t ever stop speaking about your values and background
  • Do what suits you.
  • Ignore the haters
  • Get your law degree and start making moves!
  • Give us back the trees from the Commons
  • Move on
  • Focus on the big picture
  • Run for President
  • Run for congress
  • Please work without Common Council and allow dogs (leashed) on the commons.
  • Stay true to yourself
  • Tax Cornell
  • Go back to your roots
  • Be in ithaca more
  • We would miss you as mayor, but we need you more on a state or national level!
  • Governor - but who can replace him here?
  • Re-think your parking policy
  • Hope for a Democratic presidential administration, position yourself for a visible enough job to give you enough recognition to run for Senator for NYS- unfortunately the other pathways through NYS assembly or senate, and U.S. House of Representatives are too steep a climb to overcome the “mayor of liberal Ithaca” baggage.
  • Stop development. Ithaca is losing its personality and small town identity
  • Don’t let yourself be lured away from Ithaca. This is your home.
  • Keep going against the status quo, you’re actually bringing attention to real issues.
  • Listen
  • Be sincere
  • Keep it up
  • Never let fear or money compel your decisions
  • President
  • Keep being awesome
  • Go Green
  • End charges for parking
  • Space is the limit
  • Don’t listen to the haters!
  • Run for an office seat much higher than mayor
  • Keep crushing it!
  • Please don’t quit.
  • Don’t ever leave us
  • Run for House of Representatives
  • Do a better job scheduling road construction
  • Next time, support the true progressive.
  • Leagalize marijuana in Ithaca. Don’t leave Ithaca!
  • Marry a good woman
  • Quit giving tax breaks to builders, and put a moratorium on taller buildings in downtown.
  • Get out of politics and get a real job.
  • continue to be ambitious----it will lead you further places
  • Never Leave
  • run for governor
  • Set a radical, positive goal for the city (like zero waste? Or zero carbon?) and lead us to it.
  • Become our Congressperson
  • Relax
  • law school or public policy MA
  • Pay the city back for that fountain
  • Go see Holly at Norabloom for a facial! Best way to relax and unwind while doing a little self-care!
  • Congress.....NOW!
  • Have a beer with me
  • Plan a flash-mob on the Commons
  • Go to Kennedy School at Harvard for degree
  • Work at a mom and pop shop
  • US President
  • Always tell the truth
  • Don’t forget to come back and visit when you become President!!
  • Resign
  • I think you can follow your own advice with impunity
  • Legalize marijuana
  • Prez!

Way to Blend-in in Ithaca

  • Wear Birkenstocks
  • Drive an electric vehicle charged by solar
  • Trip on a sidewalk
  • Wear chacos
  • Shop at Greenstar
  • Get a Subaru or Prius. Or a pair of those sandals literally every woman owns.
  • Be wicked cool
  • Pretend like it’s still the 60’s
  • BE A PROGRESSIVE
  • Leave your MAGA hat home
  • Be a hippy
  • Don’t drive, cycle
  • Get involved
  • Believe in yourself
  • Walk with a purpose
  • recycle, compost
  • Be a liberal environmentalist
  • Carry a yoga mat and wear Flax
  • Be different
  • Critical thinking
  • Act like a freak
  • More people should wear Birkenstocks and tie-dyed shirts
  • (Or the original spelling: More people should wear Birkenstocks and toed died shirtd)
  • No such thing.
  • Be young and thin
  • Drive a Volvo
  • Ignore traffic signs
  • Dress down
  • be yourself and you’ll blend in with all the other unique creatures!
  • Ride a bike
  • Flax
  • Tie-dye
  • Don’t shave, no deodorant, wear a tie-dye shirt
  • Don’t buy a new car
  • Hang out at the Farmer’s Market
  • Birkenstocks, vegan cookbook, and a greenstar bag
  • Tie-dyed undergarments
  • Birkenstocks
  • Birkenstocks & a Green Subaru
  • Wear tie-dye
  • Wear flax and danskos
  • Drive the wrong way down a one way street.
  • Be yourself
  • Jeans, Grassroots t-shirt & Castaways ball cap
  • Wear a bright green construction tee-shirt
  • Casual dress
  • Sunglasses, crocs
  • Smoke a joint in the park
  • tie-dye & Birks
  • Birkenstocks
  • Dress anyway you wish, be yourself
  • Good winter boots
  • Long grey ponytail
  • Wear Birkenstocks and Flax
  • Be yourself
  • Birks, reusable grocery bags, Volvo/Subaru
  • Wear Silk Oak or Flax clothes
  • Reusable shopping back and Birkenstocks
  • Go to Farmers Market with your Green Star bags
  • Complain
  • Smile at passers-by
  • Breast-feed
  • Drink Gimme and eat Viva
  • Do Magic Tricks on the Commons
  • Ride a Lime Bike on Waterfront trail
  • Drive a Subaru
  • Wear whatever you want.
  • Be yourself
  • Berkenstocks and a Volvo
  • Don’t shave legs
  • Buy a Subaru
  • Don’t comb your hair
  • Developed huge buildings and charge outrageous rents that normal people can’t afford.
  • Hang with Jossiah
  • Ride a Lime Bike
  • Live an alternative lifestyle
  • Wear a floppy hat
  • Wear red
  • Cross the street anytime
  • Go to Farmer’s Market and buy stuff
  • Be yourself
  • Wear Birkenstocks
  • Drive a Volvo
  • Drive a Subaru or Prius
  • Stay weird
  • Act/dress casual
  • Dress up like a mean middle-aged person in flowy cotton
  • Be nice
  • Be lovely and kind
  • Sandals with no socks
  • Pretend to be poor and drive a new Subaru
  • Pretend you’re poor, but drive a new car
  • Wear Birkenstocks
  • Wear Birkenstocks
  • Act post-racial
  • Pretend you are poor and drive a brand-new Subaru
  • Drive a Subaru & wear flip flops
  • Wear flax
  • Buy a north face jacket
  • Wear locally-made jewelry
  • Cargo pants
  • Be colorful
  • Be a vegetarian
  • Casual wear
  • Dress with the lights off
  • Man bun
  • Bash Trump
  • Be weird
  • Long hair
  • Try to stand out
  • Be strong
  • Wear Flax
  • By slowing down
  • Don’t shave
  • Neon construction shirt and/or grow a beard
  • Eat organic
  • Be friendly
  • Shop at thrift stores!
  • Be informed
  • Go to Grassroots
  • Ditch suit, tie, and 4” heels and wear jeans
  • Wear tie dye
  • Drive A Subaru
  • Embrace diversity
  • Be a freak
  • giving it time
  • Go to Loaves and Fishes
  • Bernie bumper sticker
  • Skinny pants and a hipster beard
  • Skinny dipping in the gorge
  • Try to stand out
  • Face tattoo
  • Be yourself!
  • Tote bag
  • Flannel shirt
  • Bumper Stickers
  • Be vegan and drive a Prius
  • Ride a bike wearing loose pants and carrying a mason jar in the front basket.
  • Tattoos, piercing, hair dye
  • Go vegan
  • Go to Wegman’s
  • Wear a Grassroots shirt
  • Be outraged and political
  • Wear a Cornell sweatshirt
  • Do your own thing
  • Subaru
  • Cross promotion between businesses and organizations, helping instead of competing
  • “Ithaca is gorges” t-shirt
  • Get a tattoo and facial piercing
  • Wear Birkenstocks
  • Be yourself
  • Tie-dye and dress up like a tree
  • Wear Birkenstocks
  • Drive a Volvo
  • Don’t shower
  • Accept diversity
  • Be friendly and kind
  • Be yourself
  • Drive a Prius
  • Tie dye
  • Birkenstocks and a Subaru
  • Join a protest or march
  • Wear an abundance of colorful flax
  • Flax Clothing, big jewelry, dansko shoes
  • Grow really long hair
  • You don’t have to blend in. You can be yourself.
  • Wear Birkenstocks
  • Grass Roots attire
  • Smile at people and brake for butterflies
  • Wear black
  • Carry a reusable grocery bag
  • Dress like a hippie
  • Dye your hair green
  • Cornell Apparel
  • Patchouli
  • Sunglasses
  • Go to GreenStar
  • Dance
  • Go Green
  • Go Green
  • Tie Dye clothes
  • Go with the flow.
  • Do your thing, and act completely confident
  • Be kind
  • Be one with nature
  • Go to Wegman’s
  • Go the farmers market
  • Reusable bags
  • Be environmentally friendly
  • Green pants and shirt.
  • Don’t wear shoes
  • Grow a beard
  • Wear grey clothes and sandals
  • Go to Gimme Coffee
  • Be outrageous
  • Be nice
  • Eat tofu
  • Eat tofu
  • Don’t
  • Be yourself
  • Dresswise - keep it casual
  • Vote liberal
  • Birkenstock
  • Be rumpled and slovenly and superior.
  • White guy dreadlocks
  • Try not to
  • Tie-dye
  • Patchouli
  • Birkenstocks and a Volvo
  • Don’t brush your hair
  • Be yourself
  • Take EVERYTHING super seriously, while attempting to do just the opposite.
  • Don’t leave your house
  • Cool pants
  • Birkenstocks
  • Dye your hair pastel
  • Tattoos
  • Flax
  • Be kind and understanding
  • Bumper stickers
  • ithaca or cornell shirt
  • Be yourself
  • Hat, beard

Way to Stand out in Ithaca

  • Wear a suit
  • Drive an Electric Vehicle charged by Solar
  • Be un-opinionated
  • Wear a formal pantsuit
  • Talk religion
  • Be a Cornell or IC student
  • Be a homeless person on the side of the road
  • Carry a Trump sign
  • BE A TRUMP SUPPORTER
  • Wear your MAGA hat
  • Drive expensive cars
  • Drive a diesel pick-up truck
  • Contribute to our community
  • Protest
  • Comment on how much we compost
  • Support trump
  • Be a republican in support of Big Pharma and ICE
  • Wear a MAGA hat
  • Be conservative
  • Close-mindedness
  • Act normal
  • Don’t wear Birkenstocks and tie-dyed shirts
  • Don’t wear Birkenstocks and tie-dyed shirts
  • Stick around.
  • Be old and fat
  • shower regularly
  • Be polite
  • Dress preppy
  • “VOTE TRUMP” bumper sticker
  • wear a necktie and a white shirt
  • Hold up a sign
  • Flex
  • MAGA hat
  • Don’t shave, no deodorant, wear a tiedye shirt
  • Nothing surprises me
  • Hail a cab while wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase
  • Use aluminum-based deoderant
  • Tie-dyed outer garments
  • Stilts
  • No
  • Not sorting your recycling
  • Wear a tie. Everywhere.
  • Wear makeup and heels
  • Use a turn signal.
  • Be yourself
  • Wear a suit everywhere besides banking or legal job
  • Dress fancy
  • Trump hat
  • Neon safety gear
  • A MAGA bumper sticker
  • All black and sad
  • Red Birkenstocks
  • Act superior to others
  • High Heels
  • Trump support? (please this is a terrible way to stand out though)
  • High Heels + Panty Hose
  • become a right wing Republican
  • “Make America Great Again” hat
  • High heels, heavy make-up on a female
  • Wear a MAGA hat
  • Walk down the Commons in a gown
  • Canvas on Commons
  • Wear makeup
  • Mind your own business
  • Drive safely, courteously, patiently.
  • Join the Ithaca Festival Parade
  • Wear whatever you want.
  • Be fancy
  • Wear a suit to greenstar
  • Wear wing-tip shoes
  • Drive a Hummer proudly
  • Comb your hair
  • Don’t have tattoos and piercings, or have a shred of progressive ideas to help the world.
  • Hang with Jossiah
  • Ride a Lime Bike
  • Put a “Trump” sticker on your car
  • Wear a tie
  • Streak across the Commons
  • Obey traffic laws
  • Wear a tuxedo
  • Be yourself
  • Wear a Trump shirt/hat
  • Drive a Humvee
  • Be normal
  • Wear a MAGA hat
  • Saw a dude today on the Commons with a bird on his shoulder
  • Support Donald Trump
  • Run through the streets naked
  • Sandals with socks
  • Wear a Trump shirt
  • Wear a MAGA hat
  • Wear MAGA hat
  • Wear a MAGA Hat
  • “Wanna See Some Magic?”
  • Wear a 3-piece suit and polished shoes
  • Don’t buy a North Face jacket
  • Wear high heels
  • MAGA hat
  • Wear a tie
  • Fly the Confederate flag
  • Vote Republican
  • Wear makeup and dress nicely
  • Be a Republican, publicly
  • Act normal
  • Advocate intelligently
  • Crew cut
  • Try to blend in
  • Be weak
  • Playing hand drums on the Commons
  • Have expensive things
  • Be a good driver
  • Wear MAGA hat
  • Be a Republican
  • Take a stand
  • Drive fancy cars
  • Don’t wear weather-appropriate clothing (we take our weather seriously)
  • Wear a tuxedo
  • Dress up
  • Be close-minded
  • Be normal
  • Showing off your wealth
  • Protest for Donald Trump impeachment
  • Trump Bumper sticker
  • Wear a Make America Great Again hat
  • Give $100 to all passers-by
  • Try to blend in
  • No tattoos or piercings
  • Wear a suit
  • Confederate flag
  • NRA baseball hat
  • Drive a Hummer
  • Walk around in a three piece suit.
  • Take meaningful action
  • Wear a MAGA cap
  • Support Trump
  • Fur Coat
  • Be conservative
  • walk around the commons with a guinea pig on your shoulder
  • Maga hat - but be careful for your safety!
  • Suit and tie
  • Be a community leader
  • Be a community leader
  • Suit and Tie
  • Wear a “make America great again” hat
  • Wear suit to festival parade
  • Shower
  • “Go Home” shirt or any Trump slogans
  • Wear fur
  • Groom yourself
  • Be yourself
  • Be loud and rude
  • Wear fur
  • Drive a hummer
  • A suit
  • Being intolerant
  • Put a Trump supporter sign in your yard
  • Win a nobel prize
  • Wear a tie
  • Wear a MAGA hat
  • You don’t have to stand out. You can be yourself.
  • Speak Out
  • Dress up
  • Is that possible?
  • Wear really vibrant clothing statement pieces
  • Wear pastels
  • Don’t wear Burk’s
  • Be yourself
  • Protest something
  • Get a haircut and lose weight
  • Suit or Make-up
  • MAGA hat
  • Wrong way on a one-way street
  • Stand still
  • Wear a “Make America Great Again” hat.
  • Vote for Trump
  • look normal
  • Not recycle
  • Wear shoes
  • Be conservative
  • wear colorful clothes
  • Be a Republican
  • Be conservative
  • support trump
  • support trump
  • Be a conservative republican, and wear a suit
  • Be yourself
  • dress up
  • Vote republican
  • Wear a 3 piece suit and tie
  • Be sleek, thin, very well-dressed, modest, tall, and brown-skinned.
  • Be a conscientious driver
  • be yourself
  • Become involved in groups and clubs
  • Become involved in groups and clubs
  • Shower
  • preppy dress and a Hummer
  • Dress professionally
  • Be yourself
  • Wear a MAGA hat
  • No pants
  • Cargo shorts
  • Civic Ensemble
  • No tattoos and the lost look
  • Be closed minded
  • Where a MAGA hat
  • Be yourself
  • Impossible
  • No hat, no beard

Secret Ithaca Crush

  • That would get me in trouble
  • Bae politician Anna Kelles
  • Then it’s not a secret!
  • Josiah
  • That one homeless girl
  • Gay Huddle
  • Svante Myrick
  • Gimme baristas
  • Holly Adams
  • Eliza Van Cort is inspiring!
  • No one!
  • Svante Myrick
  • The hunky guy with the dreads down to his waist
  • Max Rogan
  • “Child of Ithaca” Statue on the Commons
  • That bank teller
  • Demaija Stewart
  • Octavia Sola
  • Concord grapes
  • Svante Myrick
  • Travis Knapp
  • Avi Miner
  • Steve Selin
  • Omg this is the best question ever. My favorite Olin circulation workers.
  • Kevin Kinsella
  • Svante Myrick or Luvelle Brown
  • Elliott Martin
  • Carl Sagan
  • Emma Frisch
  • McKenzie Jones
  • Steamboat Landing
  • Press Bay Alley
  • Riley the Outdoor Store Dog
  • Brian Crandall. He knows everything that is being built
  • My wife
  • Charley Githler
  • Svante Myrick
  • Svante Myrick
  • Svante, of course!
  • David Cedarbaum
  • David Cedarbaum
  • David Cedarbaum
  • David Cedarbaum
  • David Cedarbaum
  • Pho at Saigon Kitchen
  • Riley the Commons dog
  • Samite
  • Jennie Lowe
  • Gunpoets
  • Svante Myrick
  • Collin Lieberman
  • Emily Hoyt
  • Daniel Lisbe from the Gunpoets
  • Still a secret
  • Maddy Walsh
  • Sammy’s pizza garlic knots
  • Maddy Walsh
  • Stacey Harwood
  • Dalai Lama
  • Manny
  • Kevin Kinsella
  • You
  • Maeve Campbell
  • Whoever draws all the lost cat signs
  • My own wife
  • The women of Greenstar
  • Your mom
  • Purity Ice Cream
  • Cass Pool on weekends
  • The mayor
  • Svante Myrick
  • My husband
  • It’s a secret. :)
  • The commons crane
  • Oxymoronic question
  • Riley the dog
  • Ian Golden
  • Marriott bartender
  • Swimming in Cayuga Lake
  • Bartender at Monk’s
  • Walking trails
  • Trail running
  • Fay Gougakis
  • Hot bartender at Monk’s
  • Doug Robinson
  • Jan Norman
  • Eliza VanCort
  • Michael Barakiva
  • There’s a red squirrel on N. Aurora that I just LOVE! (But he doesn’t know.)
  • Svante (still)
  • Sid the fiddle guy
  • Mrs. Brown’s daughter
  • Laura Thomas
  • A Common Council seat
  • K-house karaoke bar & suites
  • Johnson Museum
  • Circus Truck Man
  • That hot mail carrier in the Collegetown area.

Hope for Future Ithaca

  • Better traffic patterns, less pot-holes
  • No more road diets
  • 10X the housing stock... or City annexation of the Town of Ithaca
  • Less complaining and more uniting and action
  • End to drug overdoses and outrageous rent
  • Something with this construction
  • Continues to be a progressive bastion.
  • Less homeless people
  • Stop so much building and constant road work; affordable housing
  • YOU STOP BUILDING HOTELS AND START BUILDING TRULY AFFORDABLE HOUSING
  • Take a breather from development
  • Happiness
  • A cycle-only city
  • Keep on being a progressive innovative caring community
  • Faith based organizations to increase
  • A bridge connecting Lansing and TBurg
  • More expansion similar to press bay alley, need more happy hour deals
  • It stops becoming so bougie!
  • Get rid of Tom Reed
  • Live up to the promise of diversity and racial justice
  • Lower Housing Prices
  • Stay progressive
  • Affordable housing
  • Retaining its character while slowly-but-steadily growing.
  • Winter ending in March rather than May
  • No more construction
  • Undo gerrymandering/get rid of Tom Reed
  • More affordable housing
  • To remain a place where people care about people and the environment
  • Affordable housing
  • Flooding
  • Have our mayor run for President
  • A Greek restaurant!
  • Stay green
  • For Tracey Mitrano to be our NY-23 Rep, and for more affordable housing downtown!
  • Affordability, sustainability
  • No construction
  • Less cars on the road, more transport options for rural commuters
  • Learn your different communities’ histories, and how they interplay.
  • More affordable housing built
  • Become less expensive to live in.
  • A best craft beer item on Best of Ithaca ballot
  • That housing prices will sink and normal people can live here!
  • Cheaper housing
  • Less construction, more affordable housing
  • Affordable housing
  • More authenticity, less modernity
  • Affordable housing more available
  • AFFORDABLE HOUSING
  • That Cayuga Lake doesn`t die due to algae
  • Finish renovating the Commons
  • That climate change does not destroy our ecosystem
  • Affordable housing
  • A new homeless shelter; Safe Injection Site
  • To gain more music venues, get culture back in to the commons, and encourage college Communities to come downtown
  • Help the homeless
  • More diverse
  • Glory
  • To be a walkable, bike-friendly community.
  • Outdoor ping pong tables
  • Fill empty downtown buildings and storefronts with locally owned businesses
  • That better thought into drivers coming to Ithaca to spend money will be taken.
  • Be more affordable and not be overwhelmed by development
  • Happiness
  • Affordable housing for all locals
  • Less cars
  • Go car free
  • Emerald city (no cars allowed lots of horses -and bikes )
  • More dogs
  • Keep growing and more parking
  • Continued commitment to sustainability and green innovations
  • Smart downtown and college growth.
  • Solve parking downtown
  • No sprawl; stay contained
  • Someone from a Harry Potter movie comes to Wizarding Weekend
  • We oust Tom Reed
  • Ithaca has such a big heart with so many people working hard to make the world a better place. Keep doing that!
  • Love
  • More parks/trails (biking & walking)
  • Doesn’t lose its charm
  • Affordable housing downtown including more thoughtful/beautiful new construction
  • Better zoning downtown to keep new construction inline with the character of the commons and The feel of Ithaca.
  • Affordable housing
  • Preservation of green space/sustainable growth
  • More money for public art
  • More money for public art
  • More money for public art
  • More money for public art
  • Tax Cornell
  • More money for public art
  • End of rampant development
  • More affordable housing
  • Less crowded streets/better road plan
  • Fewer cars and more parking
  • keep being tiny town
  • Energy efficient
  • Limit building density
  • Better transportation
  • Affordable housing
  • Road down Ithaca commons
  • A different mayor
  • Better business downtown
  • Maintain a sense of natural beauty and economic well being
  • Maintain a sense of natural beauty and economic well being
  • Pave over the bricks on Stewart Ave.!
  • That people will buy art instead of just saying they like art
  • Stay cool
  • To keep our community inclusive and open
  • Better traffic law enforcement for the little things that make driving downtown so infuriating. Like Left turns when not aloud, backing traffic up (W. Buffalo and N. Fulton). Going straight in the turn only lanes (Cayuga and Clinton). Pedestrians not paying attention to no walking signal... (Green and Cayuga).
  • To have Racker Center take over Cornell
  • Success for small businesses
  • Leave the least prınt
  • Construction moratorium
  • Lowest carbon footprint city in America!
  • World Peace
  • More cultural institutions/events
  • Finally get true representation in Congress
  • Success for small businesses
  • We remain gorges! And we get a Congressperson who represents us.
  • Get rid of the Ithaca Commons, and bring back E. State St.!
  • Getting rid of Tom Reed
  • Affordable housing
  • Downtown doesn’t get too developed
  • Build more shelters for the homeless
  • More affordable housing for year round residents.
  • The weather gets better
  • The building boom settles down
  • That the collective we start to realize that new things aren’t always bad so we don’t need to protest everything.
  • More great businesses on the Commons, truly making it THE place to be in Ithaca!
  • Maintain Ithaca character
  • Potholes filled
  • Lower tuitions; hard right turn
  • economic prosperity
  • Cheaper rent?
  • Stay Affordable
  • More employment and affordable housing
  • The next mayor will follow with our mayor’s outstanding service.
  • Stop growing so fast
  • progressive but still in touch with the hinterlands
  • Better biking infrastructure & more pedestrian & bike-friendly in general
  • Continue to become a place of opportunity for those of all ages and income levels!
  • More mom n pops!
  • Affordable housing
  • Student engagement
  • Student engagement
  • Infrastructure
  • Reduce fossil fuel usage
  • More businesses, more people, more growth
  • Conference Center
  • Medicare for all
  • More music/art venues
  • More money for public art
  • Fix pothole
  • Infrastructure and parking to support all the apartment building
  • Harmony
  • Stop building
  • Balance
  • Less construction
  • Affordable housing
  • Affordable Housing/Senior Housing
  • All the people who really care about this community, and there are SO many!
  • Don’t get too city-like — keep small-town charm
  • More diversity, less traffic congestion, a Wegmans downtown, better public transportation
  • Adequate public funding of arts
  • Redistricting
  • For Ithaca High School: that the students can find common ground, learn what they need to know in life, and learn to respect each other. If the kids can learn compassion, understanding and acceptance there and improve racial and social relations in their little corner of Ithaca, perhaps there is hope for the future for Ithaca and beyond.
  • None of population in poverty
  • Natural Beauty is not compromised
  • A ban on tall buildings and cheap student housing
  • It doesn’t turn into a “real” city
  • Stop cutting trees to put in off-street parking. Urban furnace created by black pavement.
  • More affordable housing. Plastic bag ban. More renewable energy requirements
  • Becomes more affordable and stays safe.
  • Three lanes for Rte. 13
  • Steady growth
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Bring back the old WVBR
  • Higher wages
  • More community events, playground on the commons
  • Stay weird!
  • A Filipino restaurant
  • That no more tall buildings will be built in downtown and Collegetown
  • Less construction
  • No more high-rise buildings
  • That Ithaca leads the way in Tompkins becoming a Living Wage county
  • More solar.
  • Expansion of the nature trails everyone loves
  • More affordable housing
  • No more ICE raids
  • More affordable housing
  • Affordable Housing options
  • More Community Space!
  • Affordable Housing
  • That there will be more moderately priced condos and houses built around the area. Apartments are getting too costly.
  • Someone finds a cure for the NIMBY Syndrome
  • Actual Mexican food that doesn’t taste like crap....other than Bickering Twins
  • Beauty, peace, safety and open-hearted
  • More balance.
  • Less crime
  • Downtown mini-conference center
  • REACH Clinic
  • Put State Street back to a Street
  • Loss Traffic on RT. 13
  • That it becomes more positive, racially integrated and ethnically diverse, vibrant, humorous, crowded but well-organized and livable, and that we become a beacon and good example for all to see.
  • That everything works out okay.
  • Try to stay small(ish)
  • Fix the potholes
  • More green energy
  • Fix the potholes
  • Fewer half million-dollar water fountains that don’t work.
  • Less building downtown and more open space. The new building across from Viva is an eyesore. It is equivalent to having King Kong standing there. Who ever allowed this, truly does not like Ithaca or respect its spirit
  • Less anti-semitism, more tolerance
  • Ithaca’s a great place to be a kid or an adult. Always was. Always will be.
  • People start forming actual community bonds, instead of hiding out in their remote homes and coming out twice a year.
  • World peace
  • Affordable housing! Support for the arts
  • Less crime more community togetherness
  • No more construction
  • More Brandi Carlile concerts
  • Not overdeveloped
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