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Writer: Ithaca is 'Berkeley of the East'
The Ithaca Independent. ^ | August 8, 2010 | Ed Sutherland

Posted on 08/11/2010 6:58:16 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines

Visitors to Ithaca come away with various impressions, focusing on the beautiful scenery, the liberal attitudes or our love of art. One theater reviewer from Washington, DC told readers Ithaca is a 'virtual Berkeley of the East.'

Washington Times entertainment blogger Terry Ponick made that comment and many more while in town to see "Penelope of Ithaca" at the Hanger Theater.

"It's like a trip back in time to the Woodstock Era here, with posters and adverts providing 'medical' marijuana even as the ubiquitous bikes seem at times to crowd out automobile and pedestrian traffic alike, writes Terry Ponick.

Along with noting Cornell University as Ithaca's "obvious growth machine," the writer also took in the Commons and our glasswork artisans.

"Rather than bowls or sculptures, this shop peddles hookahs and hash pipes fashioned from mouth-blown and/or hand-sculpted art glass." While a common-place site here, the writer says such items might be difficult to bring home to the security-conscious DC worker.

While giving the play a mixed review, Ponick raves about the new Hanger digs. "It's quite impressive, with nicely-raked rows of comfortable seats flanking a virtual just-stage configuration, which should provide ample possibilities for a variety of stage works now and in the future."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: New York
KEYWORDS: cityofevil; ithaca
Ithaca is the City of Evil.


1 posted on 08/11/2010 6:58:19 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: VampireStateNY; governsleastgovernsbest; gaspar; NativeNewYorker; drjimmy; Atticus; ...
City of Evil bump:


2 posted on 08/11/2010 7:03:00 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Try Chapel Hill, NC.


3 posted on 08/11/2010 7:04:29 PM PDT by Andy from Chapel Hill
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Somebody should write a book:

“How to make a buck off the collapse of Western Civilization”.


4 posted on 08/11/2010 7:05:43 PM PDT by headsonpikes (Genocide is the highest sacrament of socialism - "Who-whom?")
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Somebody has never been to Ann Arbor. LOL


6 posted on 08/11/2010 7:08:29 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Oh for pete’s sake! I have been calling it Berkly East for 20 years.


7 posted on 08/11/2010 7:12:22 PM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

I live 15 minutes from Ithaca NY. The city own lock stock and barrel by Cornell University. There is absolutely no industry other than the colleges to support a local economy. In the summer the population drops by 200,000 so at times it looks desolate. To really get the full experience you have to be there during the school months. Lots of arrogant kids and even more arrogant professors. Like the saying goes in peoples republic of Ithaca - 10 square miles of fantasy and then reality.


8 posted on 08/11/2010 7:14:54 PM PDT by rstark56
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To: cripplecreek
If you are a liberal, being from Berkeley must be awesome. The Bezerkeleys must be all smiles evertime another liberal college town is compared to them.

I have noticed that liberals that went to Berkeley all say "I went to Berkeley."

Conservatives I know that went to Berkeley all say "I went to Cal."

9 posted on 08/11/2010 7:19:37 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: rstark56
I live 15 minutes from Ithaca NY

I lived 30 minutes from Ithaca for 45 years. Both my kids graduated from Cornell. We had many picnics at Buttermilk Falls State Park.

10 posted on 08/11/2010 7:26:51 PM PDT by Retired Chemist
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To: Retired Chemist

I visited Ithaca quite a number of times in the early 90s as I had business at Cornell with some of the engineering faculty. The campus and area around Ithaca - beautiful. But I was totally unimpressed with the town, just struck me as dreary.


11 posted on 08/11/2010 7:32:12 PM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill

..or Washington D.C. =.=


12 posted on 08/11/2010 7:37:32 PM PDT by cranked
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To: NewHampshireDuo

I visited New Hampshire several times when my brother-in-law was attending Dartmouth College. We drove up on the weekends for football games. The scenery was beautiful.


13 posted on 08/11/2010 7:38:54 PM PDT by Retired Chemist
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Don’t they have their own currency as well?


14 posted on 08/11/2010 7:40:50 PM PDT by 11th_VA (Brewer for President 2012)
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To: rstark56

I actually kinda love Ithaca - I went to Cornell. But just one correction; the population drops by 20,000 in the summer, not 200,000. I don’t want to THINK of Ithaca with 200,000 folks in it. And summer is the best time to be there, IMHO.


15 posted on 08/11/2010 7:50:45 PM PDT by cammie
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To: 11th_VA

They do have their own currency. I’d estimate it is impossible to count the number of small towns in the Northeast that qualify as Berkeleyesque. Lots of hippies.


16 posted on 08/11/2010 7:58:38 PM PDT by freedom_is_earned
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To: freedom_is_earned
They do have their own currency.

Everyone gets paid off with pot?

17 posted on 08/11/2010 8:27:15 PM PDT by reg45
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Sounds to me like the only place the writer visited and spent any time in was the HEMP Store on the Commons.

What a crock. I've lived in or near Ithaca for over 30 years and yes it's liberal as hell and there are a lot of hippies, but it's nothing like the only city around like that. Big deal, there's a hemp store. Yawn.

To focus on that one aspect is just lame, lazy writing.

18 posted on 08/11/2010 8:42:03 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: rstark56

I lived in Ithaca for three years while a student at Cornell Law School. I used to go to Cortland to experience a bit of sanity at the local Wal-Mart. I agree with you that a lot of the students (especially the undergrads and the folks from NYC) and nearly all of the professors are totally insufferable. But I found that the law school staff (i.e. non-faculty) and the regular folks in the area to be generally really nice people. Upstate NY is great place.


19 posted on 08/11/2010 9:31:57 PM PDT by Huntress (Who the hell are you to tell me what's in my best interests?)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Was up there a few years ago. Cornell was once one of the most beautiful university settings I ever saw' all that "university gothic" archetecture.

But it is downright ugly these days badly over built and with so called "modern" designs that ruined the flavor of the place.

Sad.

20 posted on 08/12/2010 3:57:05 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Writer: Ithaca is 'Berkeley[1] of the East'

Can't be true. Ithaca doesn't have an operating system[2] named after it.



[1] Two things of note have come from UCBerkeley; LSD and UNIX . This is not a coincidence.

[2] Don't be fooled by cheap Finnish imitations; BSD is the One True Code. - Jim Mercer -
21 posted on 08/12/2010 4:58:00 AM PDT by Peet (<- A.K.A. the Foundling)
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To: rstark56
There is absolutely no industry other than the colleges to support a local economy.

Yes Ithaca Guns long gone as well as Morse Chain. BTW, Ithaca College and 3/4 of Cornell are New York State institutions so a lot Ithaca citizens are living on backs of taxpayers.

22 posted on 08/12/2010 5:05:51 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine's brother (Victory or Death)
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To: rstark56
My brother lives in the Penn Yan area and it's salt of the earth type people. We may be going up that way on vacation next week. Here in Connecticut the cities tend to be liberal havens but get outside them and you'll see more republican yard signs the democrat ones.
23 posted on 08/12/2010 5:11:21 AM PDT by McGruff (How's that Hopey Changey thingy workin for ya?)
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