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July 06, 2006

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GreenmanTim

Thanks, Mary Ann. Figuring out how to define and maintain community character is a vital challenge.

This micropolitan census category will take some digging into to determine why not Ithaca or Pittsfield, since by strict population definition both would seem to qualify. I'll let you know if I come up with a clearer distinction.

Mary Ann

This is interesting. I don't know why Ithaca isn't listed as a micropolis - nearly 30,000 people in a county of more than 100,000 with no other cities. But, I think you're right that communities of this size face special planning challenges. The neighboring township where I live has made maintaining the rural character of the town a priority in our comprehensive plan. You can read a bit about my life on the Town Board at my "other" blog, Dryden Democrats (drydendems.blogspot.com)

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