The best towns and small cities in the US: Ithaca, New York state

A progressive lakeside town that has gone its own way since the hippy years; we showcase its best bars, live music venues and restaurants

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Outside City Hall is Ithaca’s smallest park. It’s the size of a parking space: the mayor’s parking space, to be precise. When the 24-year-old Svante Myrick was elected five years ago, he gave up his car, decorated the spot with benches and plants and welcomed all and sundry to use it as they pleased.

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