ITHACA, N.Y. — The grocery stores were out of most of your favorite items this weekend, ambulance sirens wailed out as they went to the latest call about a drunk college student, and there was suddenly not a place for you to sit in your favorite restaurant or coffee shop.
In one weekend, (okay, maybe two) the population of Ithaca just about doubled as the students made their way back to campuses.
In 2015, we asked readers whether they were excited about the students coming back to Ithaca and 65 percent of people resoundingly said no. Have any local hearts warmed to college students since then?
Or do most people still think Ithaca now resembles, as our former editor and Cornell University graduate Jeff Stein said, “screaming students filling the city’s streets like the wild, ungainly toddlers of Toy Story 3.”
Let us know in the poll below, but as Jeff said in his article, keep these two things in mind:
1) Imagine, just for the purpose of this poll, that there would be no corresponding change in the local economy or to your business. (I know, of course, that this is not the case — but humor me here.)
2) Don’t vote no just because you want to prolong the summer. The two issues — whether you want summer to last vs. whether you want students to come back — are different.