Intact town center

“1. Intact Town Center – This center includes a quiet, pleasant main street with a hearty, healthy set of stores. These stores are open for business a minimum of 8 hours a day. The stores include things like hairdressers, hardware, druggist, small grocery/deli, good restaurants, clothing, variety store, ice cream shop, stores that attract children, many youth and senior services, places to conduct civic and personal business, library, all within a 1/4 mile walk (5 minutes) of the absolute center. If this is a county seat, the county buildings are downtown. If this is an incorporated town the town hall is in the town center. The library is open for business at least 10 hours a day 6-7 days a week. A post office is located downtown.”

According to the organization Walkable Communities one of the 12 things that a community needs to be walkable is an intact town center.

How does the City of Cortland measure up?

I think we have a healthy mix of stores downtown though it would be nice to have a small grocery downtown so that folks don’t have to resort to getting food from convenience stores and drug stores. The Cortland Farmers Market is a great idea but needs to expand.

The library is downtown and is being renovated. The library is one of the few places downtown that offers free Wi-Fi. The courthouse and county office buildings are downtown. Workers can easily walk to stores and restaurants downtown. Senior citizens have an activity center in the county office building. Our post office is downtown as well as the YMCA, YWCA, and Youth Bureau. SUNY Cortland is a short walk (albeit uphill) from downtown Cortland. We are lucky to have the college so close to downtown.

As to an intact town center I would give Cortland an A -. Room for improvement to be sure but I think, compared to many small towns and cities, we are in pretty good shape.

What do you think? What changes would you like to see downtown?





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