30 May '12, 2pm

Ithaca mayor turns his personal parking space into a mini-park

Ithaca mayor turns his personal parking space into a mini-park

After Svante Myrick, 25, became the youngest-ever mayor of Ithaca, N.Y., he gave up his car to join the estimated 15 percent of his city’s residents who walk to work. As mayor, however, Myrick has a prime downtown parking spot reserved for his exclusive use. So 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.” 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. On his campaign website, he wrote , “The answer to too many cars is not necessarily more parking spaces … We can change traffic patterns and parking behaviors by providing alternative methods of transportation which are more affordable, reliable and convenient.” This guy is officially our...

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