Ithaca, N.Y. — Ithaca could have left unadorned gray walls around the construction site of the Commons.

But it’s Ithaca, so — of course — it didn’t. What instead emerged was a beautiful array that showcases all the city has to offer: schools, food, night-life and more.

The following murals grace the exterior of the Commons project, which began in April 2013 and is expected to be done in 17 months, according to Mayor Svante Myrick.

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The local charter school teaches entrepreneurs about sustainability

The local library has a thriving community of readers young and old

The fire department has a sense of humor

Even macho men here are thoughtful …

A psychedelic unicorn angel scene doesn’t look a bit out of place

The gorges flow through the city

There’s a late-night scene with, apparently, “shots shots shots shots …”

It’s family friendly

Record stores still exist here

You can get your goods made locally

And your beers…

There’s a growing theater scene (ignore the Sunoco sticker!)

We pretty much have Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory

There’s a running scene

Here, pigs can fly

Dogs can read

There’s passionate political debate 

And we’re ripped

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.