By Josh Brokaw josh.brokaw@truthsayers.org At its April 10 meeting, the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency [IDA] will presumably vote on whether to grant a tax abatement for a 67-unit, luxury senior housing complex planned for the Old Library site. Located at Cayuga & Court streets in downtown Ithaca, the Old Library site has been a…Continue Reading “Tax Break Recommended for Old Library Project Over Protest It’s Not Affordable”

Cayuga Medical Center spent $10 million in June 2017 to purchase the Carpenter Business Park from Maguire Family of Dealerships. Now, Cayuga Medical executives and hired developers Park Grove Realty are at least making motions like they want neighbors to have a say in some details of the plan. In the plan: Some sort of…Continue Reading “Northside: What Do You Want From Cayuga Medical Development?”

By Mario Hernandez The opinions expressed by this author in this piece are his alone. If you’d like to respond to this column or otherwise share your thoughts or news about an important issue in your community, email josh.brokaw@truthsayers.org The CIITAP* public information session about the demolition and development of the Old Library site that…Continue Reading “Old Library: Protesting Unaffordable Housing and a Potential ‘Asbestos Munition’”

By Josh Brokaw josh.brokaw@truthsayers.org Friends of James Terry gathered at the Ithaca Rescue Mission on Thursday, September 13, to remember the 49-year-old man who died on September 2, two days after being pulled from the Cayuga Inlet by emergency responders. Ithaca Rescue Mission interim director Mike Foster said the service was a time to “move…Continue Reading “Remembering the Latest of 37 People to Die on Ithaca’s Streets in Past 4 Years – County Likely to Approve New Shelter Operator This Week”

SUPPORT MORE TRUTHSAYERS REPORTING BY MAKING A DONATION TO THIS INDEPENDENT MEDIA OUTLET TODAY Featured photograph: Portion of Ithaca Rescue Mission facade at 618 W. State/MLK Jr. St..  Josh Brokaw/TruthSayers By Josh Brokaw josh.brokaw@truthsayers.org Tompkins County needs to find a new agency by the end of October 2018 to run its only shelter for houseless people in immediate…Continue Reading “Ithaca’s Homeless Shelter Needs New Operator, Rescue Mission Pulling Out At End of October”

Keep TruthSayers Happening As Your Independent Community Forum With A Donation Today By John Driscoll Planner and Ithaca resident Part 4 of a 4-part series. See the first installment here on density and the work of Jane Jacobs. Here’s the second installment on the problems of trickle-down housing development. Here’s the third installment on the…Continue Reading “Slow It Down: How to Create a Sustainable Ithaca for Everybody, Not Just the Rich”

Keep TruthSayers Happening As Your Independent Community Forum With A Donation Today By John Driscoll Planner and Ithaca resident Part 3 of a 4-part series. See the first installment here on density and the work of Jane Jacobs. And here’s last week’s installment on the problems of trickle-down housing development. Next week, Driscoll will complete this…Continue Reading “Tragedy of the Ithaca Commons”

Keep TruthSayers Happening As Your Independent Community Forum With A Donation Today By John Driscoll Planner and Ithaca resident Part 2 of a 4-part series. See last week’s installment here. Next week, Driscoll will write on the tragedy of the Commons.  Increasing density in downtown Ithaca with mega-projects geared towards student housing does not mean increased…Continue Reading “Density For Some Is Displacement for Others: A Planner’s Look At Social Equity and Downtown Development”

Keep TruthSayers Happening As Your Independent Community Forum With A Donation Today By John Driscoll Planner and Ithaca resident Part 1 of a 4-part series. Next week, Driscoll will explore the conflicts between density-focused urban planning and planning for a socially equitable Ithaca. There is a misguided notion out there that what Ithaca needs more…Continue Reading “Density For What? An Ithaca Planner Explores Problems With Density Above All Philosophy”

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE AN IN-DEPTH REPORT ON REP. TOM REED’S FAMILY MEDICAL DEBT COLLECTION FIRM? CLICK ON THIS BIG, BOLD SENTENCE TO LEARN HOW YOU CAN HELP TRUTHSAYERS REPORT MORE STORIES THAT MATTER TO YOU. By Josh Brokaw josh.brokaw@truthsayers.org The owners of Viva! Taquiera & Cantina will be taking over the Madeline’s Restaurant space on…Continue Reading “Viva Owners Taking Over Madeline’s Space”