ITHACA, N.Y. — Ithaca was shockingly named the Most Hippie Town in New York in an article published by Thrillist last week.
The list — which includes classically hippie towns such as: Homer, Alaska; Santa Cruz, California; Athens, Georgia; and Asheville, North Carolina — was written by Matt Meltzer.
He wrote, “Thought we’d go Woodstock, did ya? Well, aside from being home to the mud-soaked music fest on Yasgur’s farm, it’s really become more of a hippie tourist trap than an actual town. Ithaca, however, has THE WORLD’S LARGEST FREAKING PEACE SIGN.”
Meltzer went on to cite the city’s local currency (incorrectly, we might add. Ithaca Hours are long gone, but Ithacash is up and swinging.) and eco-communities.
Some, however, are disputing the designation for one of two reasons.
In a written statement, Mayor Svante Myrick said he questions the validity of the ranking, because it does not do Ithaca justice.
“This is an outrage,” he wrote. “I intend to challenge this. The facts are wrong and misleading. Ithaca is not the hippiest town in New York. Ithaca is the hippiest town in America.”