Towns vs. Gowns
One of the major conflicts in Ithaca is between the townies and the massive student communities: the city’s population in the summer is less than half what it is when class is in session, and the tensions between the permanent locals and the transitory students can sometimes get ugly.
“City of Evil”
A moniker recently ascribed to the town by a well-known conservative demagogue, this title is now embraced by citizens as an ironic celebration of the town’s generally progressive mores. The name, however, has a history that goes back to the town’s bloody early history; some of that history sleeps less than peacefully beneath old gravestones, cobbled roads, or deep waters.
10 Square Miles Surrounded by Reality
Another popular bumper sticker, this one references Ithaca’s position as a prosperous and progressive college town amidst the more conservative and economically troubled Central New York region. However, it also holds true supernaturally: Ithaca’s major mystical factions are two Faerie Courts that exist almost nowhere else, in this world or beyond.
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