It's always a little funny reading something supposedly definitive about Ithaca. Ithaca is a varied community, but also easily stereotyped - a tough combination to wrestle with.
The New York Times does a pretty good job today in a piece about Ithaca in its Real Estate section.
The thrust is about the housing market, in a framework examining the way of life here. It cites a "palpable energy and an eclectic spirit," and calls Ithaca "a liberal, cultural and gastronomic oasis in a region not known for being particularly progressive."
We were a little surprised by the emphasis on food. The piece also says that "some call Ithaca the state's best culinary outpost outside New York City." It mentions the Farmers Market and the wineries. And Moosewood, of course.
The "aw, shucks" moment comes when Ithaca is cited for its "unusual combination of brains and beauty." We'll take that over "Most Enlightened."
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