igotolawschool wrote:Could anyone explain the hills to me in relation to the four main areas, the Commons, Collegetown, Cornell and Falls Creek? Like, is it uphill from the Commons to Fall Creek? Collegetown to the Commons? Trying to figure out feasible bike routes around Ithaca!
Google conveniently got rid of topography in the new Google Maps, or I'd link you a map. The Commons and Fall Creek are all flat and downtown on the same level former flood plain. Collegetown and Cornell are both on a big slope East of Downtown/Commons and Fall Creek, respectively. The hill starts at Linn Street or, coming from the Commons, at Aurora. Basically anything East of Aurora and North of East State Street is on a big slope. The hill rises about 300 feet in altitude in about a half mile from the corner of North Aurora and Buffalo up to College Ave at Dryden (which is kind of the epicenter of Collegetown).
Collegetown is basically on the same altitude as campus, although both are on an upward slope from West to East and somewhat from South to North, so depending on in which direction you are headed you may encounter some hills there, too.
Suffice to say if you live by the Commons or in Fall Creek, you will have a massive hill to hike to get to the law school (most people take the bus). If you live it Collegetown, the hill is at least more manageable and possibly nonexistent, depending on where you live.