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By Brian Crandall, Ithaca Voice   Here’s something Tompkins County hasn’t seen in a while—a majority of its municipalities losing population in year-over-year census estimates. The data comes from the U.S. Census Bureau, which … more
By Gary Stewart “Man is not merely a devourer. The supreme need of all human beings is for better hearts and wiser heads. And only with the development in the human race of reason and justice and honesty and kindness will economic … more
By Michael Smith, The Ithaca Voice It’s been almost one year since the Ithaca’s Planning and Economic Development Committee (PEDC) began its latest attempt at revising the city’s policy on backyard chickens.   Read more … more
By Sue Smith-Heavenrich   The statewide fracking ban, in place for more than a year, prevents gas companies from drilling wells using horizontal hydraulic fracturing. They can, however, build gas storage facilities, compressor stations … more
By Eric Banford   From midnight to midnight on Wednesday, May 4, Tompkins County will hold its second annual “Giving Is Gorges” event, a countywide day of philanthropy. The 24-hour online challenge celebrates local nonprofits and … more
By Gary Stewart   On a regular basis, Cornell’s Office of Community Relations (OCR) holds “office hours” at Cooperative Extension, 615 Willow Ave. in Ithaca. These sessions are designed for anyone to come by and ask questions of … more
By Bryan Crandall, The Ithaca Voice   Word to the wise: Avoid driving in Collegetown if you can help it.   Traffic in much of the neighborhood’s core is being diverted or slowed up as a series of construction projects … more
By Brian Crandall, The Ithaca Voice   When it first came out that INHS was dropping its contractor, Hayner-Hoyt of Syracuse, due to Hayner-Hoyt’s settlement in a government fraud of disabled veterans’ funds, my assumption was that … more
By Jonathan Maddison   This is the latest installment in our Signs of Sustainability series, organized by Sustainable Tompkins. Visit them online at   May is National Bike Month, and residents … more
By Pete Angie   A comprehensive drug plan for the City of Ithaca, released in February by Mayor Svante Myrick, has garnered national media attention because of one component: a supervised injection site for users of illegal inter-venous … more
By Michael Smith, The Ithaca Voice   Ithaca’s latest approach to the affordable housing crisis is to create an incentive zoning plan that would reward developers for providing affordable housing. Unfortunately, finding a balanced … more
By Jay Wrolstad   Developer Frost Travis presented an update for his plans to redevelop the Old Library site in downtown Ithaca during a meeting last week with the Tompkins County Legislature’s committee charged with reviewing the … more
By Michael Smith, The Ithaca Voice   The Tompkins County Mental Health Clinic will be adopting a new care model known as Personalized Recovery Oriented Services, or PROS, in May.   A presentation at the Tompkins County … more
By George Cook   This is the latest installment in our Signs of Sustainability series, organized by Sustainable Tompkins. Visit them online at   As the world is waking up to the benefits of … more
By Gary Stewart   One of the more challenging things in life, beyond predicting Tompkins County’s weather, is analyzing town-gown relations.   Local campus-community challenges and opportunities aren’t especially unique … more
By Pete Angie   The YMCA of Ithaca and Tompkins County is offering a variety of programs this spring and through the year to promote wellness for the body and mind. “My biggest challenge is getting the word out that the Y is not … more
By Sue Smith-Heavenrich   Suzanne Bloom, local author of children’s books about Bear, Goose, and Fox is visiting two libraries in Tompkins County this month. On Saturday, April 9, she’ll be at Groton Public Library, and on the 16th … more
By Tompkins Weekly Staff   The TCAT Board of Directors at its meeting on March 24 agreed to an emergency measure directing staff to seek public input on proposed service cuts for the agency’s summer service period, which runs from May … more
By Jay Wrolstad   Sharing the road has different connotations in the City of Ithaca, where there are designated bike lanes on some streets and other streets that are “bike boulevards” with pavement markings that indicate the roadway … more
By Brian Crandall, The Ithaca Voice   The streets of Collegetown are about to get a little denser.   Plans are being presented to the Ithaca city planning board recently, detailing a five-story, 76-bedroom apartment … more
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