Transforming Parking into Parks in Ithaca Begins at the Top

Svante Myrick, Ithaca's youngest-ever mayor, is leading the way in transforming how the city thinks about transportation and land use, and he's starting with his own front yard, reports Sarah Laskow.

After becoming Ithaca's youngest-ever mayor earlier this year, at 25 years old, one of Myrick's first moves as head of the city was to ditch his car and join the estimated 15% of residents who walk and take public transportation to work. So what to do about his now-vacant reserved downtown parking spot?

"Instead of letting it stand empty, last week he began to, as he put it, 'turn the Mayor's parking space into a park space,'" writes Laskow. "Myrick hasn't given up driving entirely; he belongs to the local Ithaca Carshare and told the Ithaca Times, 'I love driving I miss my car.' But he's also working to enhance Ithaca's transportation options."

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