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Lower Northside occupies 0.14 square miles of Ithaca’s Second Ward. I took the boundaries used on this website from definitions given by Wikimapia and City-data.com (whose page footer indicates neighborhood data comes from Urban Mapping).
Neighborhood boundaries are often pretty arbitrary, though, so it’s not that meaningful to nail down borders. That said, Lower Northside is physically separated from Fall Creek by Cascadilla Creek. Its predominantly residential nature makes it distinct from the Central Business District, which features Ithaca Commons and other commerce along State Street/Martin Luther King Jr. Street. The traffic and businesses of Meadow Street to the west make for another effective border. That leaves the north: an area pretty well-defined over the years as Northside.
Neighborhoods are bound by cultural and economic similarities. This blog is my attempt as a new resident of the area at identifying and defining that culture as I research the history of this neighborhood and document daily life here.