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Ithaca as “destination” in the NY Times

November 16, 2008
From Fall 2008, Cayuga Lake, New York

Uh oh. It’s in the NY Times “Great Homes and Destinations” section. Watch the home prices rise.
I’m annoyed–the article speaks to the rich and retired who want a second home, not the people who want to live here and make it their community. And they liken the Farmer’s Market to Seattle’s Pike Place, as if that was the first place farmers and craftspeople got together to sell their wares. It’s a lazy article, and the accompanying slideshow stinks. But I’m annoyed generally at the “20 best places to live” articles that have long been a staple of “Outside” mag, and others of the type, which recycle year after year the same hip, small, usually college towns with beautiful surroundings. I’m tired of the endless marketing. I’m tired of the “next big thing” mentality. Towns gotta survive, sure, but the hype gets old.

Somehow I think Slaterville will be only tangentially affected by the publicity flush. Besides the Dandy mini-mart and the outdoor corner BBQ on Fridays and Sundays in the warmer months, there’s “nothing” to do. Well, there’s a whole lot of work on the garden and this old farmhand’s house we call home, but those aren’t the entertainments the NYTimes has in mind.

My honey does miss all-you-can-eat Wing Night at the old Crooked Board, just down the road from us, which closed right after I got here. So if any enterprising West-Coasters who *don’t* want lake-front property are interested in opening a funky restaurant in the sticks a short drive (with spotty cell phone coverage) from genteel Ithaca, I know of a place.

The rain has stopped but the wind has picked up. The Beagle and I are going out for a walk in the fields before it snows.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 16, 2008 9:20 pm

    There is an upside to being a destination/haven/whatever. Maybe one of those out-of-towners would hire me as a gardener in summer and housesitter in winter.

  2. November 16, 2008 9:30 pm

    OK, not a bad idea and sounds haven-ish. Winter could be a little more enjoyable rent-free and with a lake view…but I’m still annoyed about that “just like Seattle b.s.”

  3. andrea permalink
    November 17, 2008 4:18 pm

    how can they compare the ithaca farmer’s mkt with pike’s place…?! lynn – did you see that one of the slide show pics was taken from the corner of our old hood?! kinda makes me want a second home…!!!

  4. November 17, 2008 4:35 pm

    Now that I look back and see the cobalt blue house, I know right where that is! I wonder which one is for sale “three blocks from the Commons” in the other graphic. Hmm, a summer home for the Texans? It’s getting to be just like Colorado around here! ;)

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