April 6, 2012

Dryden, 1940

The 1940 census data is available online. You can find an intriguing 1937 map of Dryden "prepared by the technical staff of the Tompkins County Development Association", and lots of data on Dryden individuals as well in the census schedules....

Posted by simon at 10:24 PM

March 1, 2012

Trapped in the sausage-making redistricting machine

The Federal Courts have had enough of Albany's delay on Congressional lines, and ordered the legislature to hand over the maps. You can see the docket for the case (missing the Assembly maps?) and a complete set of maps submitted....

Posted by simon at 7:06 AM

February 7, 2012

Where's that fairway again?

Now I'm starting to wonder if anything at all in the Geology chapter (4.2MB PDF) of the Revised Draft SGEIS on the Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program can be trusted. I posted a while ago about the 'fairway'...

Posted by simon at 7:08 AM

January 16, 2012

So what changes in local redistricting?

Much to my surprise, I got a couple of questions over the weekend about the redistricting for the Tompkins County Legislature. I'm guessing they both originated with this article in the Ithaca Journal. As that article notes, the Independent Redistricting...

Posted by simon at 9:12 PM

November 14, 2011

Dryden likely has several faults

The last time I wrote about, this, I was pointing to what looked like a single small faulted area in Dryden along the Caroline town line. Faults in Tompkins County. That came from Figure 4.13 in the Geology section of...

Posted by simon at 9:13 PM

November 4, 2011

Redistricting for the 2013 election

Yes, I've been kind of focused on this coming Tuesday, but not everyone is. The Tompkins County Independent Redistricting Commission had built sixteen maps of possible new districts for 2013, but they've narrowed it down to four. One has 15...

Posted by simon at 9:40 PM

September 24, 2011

Dryden has a fault?

Update: I'm now pretty sure there's more than the DEC reports to this story. Okay, okay, it's hard to imagine that Dryden has faults. However, the Geology section of the hydrofracking SGEIS (4.2 MB PDF) includes Figure 4.13, a map...

Posted by simon at 10:35 PM

September 22, 2011

Fairways (for drilling, not driving)

I mentioned earlier that Dryden is at "an interesting geological location", but hadn't gone into much depth about why. The first half of the geological section of the New York State draft SGEIS (4.2MB PDF) explores the question of where...

Posted by simon at 12:29 PM

July 16, 2011

Where might drilling happen?

I didn't manage to get to it, but the the Tompkins County Council of Governments Task Force on Gas Drilling presented "Looking Down From Above: What Gas Drilling Sites Might Look Like in the Town of Dryden" on Tuesday. Fortunately,...

Posted by simon at 8:43 PM

July 1, 2011

Gas lease map revisited

If your first response to the news that the state will be allowing hydrofracking around here is "what does this mean for me?", you're not at all alone. Between the patchwork parcel-by-parcel of gas leasing and the state's compulsory integration...

Posted by simon at 7:43 AM

April 26, 2011

But the state thinks we have broadband!

Bad maps often explain bad decision-making, but maybe we can stop that early. Dryden Daily KAZ looks at New York State's rose-colored take on broadband availability. I seem to get about a quarter of what the state thinks Time-Warner provides...

Posted by simon at 8:00 AM

December 23, 2010

Amazing aerial photos, 1938-1991

Russ Nelson sent me aerial photos Cornell put on line a while ago, but I didn't figure out that you could zoom in on them until last night. Once I did that, I was just plain amazed. The easiest place...

Posted by simon at 6:04 AM

December 1, 2010

Where is Varna, anyway?

There's a meeting at the Varna Community Center tonight to discuss a "Master Plan for Varna," but there's kind of a challenge in that very idea. Varna is a hamlet, and hamlets in this part of New York State are...

Posted by simon at 6:53 AM

August 30, 2010

Traffic count map

How many cars go by every day? Well, New York State seems to think about 7,383 pass my house each day. It could be worse - the 13/366 overlap has 18126, and Route 13 between there and the Village of...

Posted by simon at 8:22 PM

August 20, 2010

Lots of small Ithaca Journal pieces

The Ithaca Journal's news coverage keeps shrinking, and the paper is looking more and more like a general Upstate paper with stories of local interest. There are still lots of interesting bits, but overall I find it less compelling every...

Posted by simon at 7:26 AM

July 21, 2010

A different approach to zoning Varna

While I've been marveling at the awfulness of the broad hamlet zoning proposed in the second draft of the law, Jim Skaley's been developing a proposal that does more than say "revert back to the first draft." Skaley saw the...

Posted by simon at 8:14 AM

June 20, 2010

Zip Code mysteries demonstrated

Not exactly explained, no, but at least you can see how strange local zip code boundaries are. I grew up in Corning, which was 14830. Painted Post was 14870, Bath 14810, and Hammondsport 14840. That sort of made sense, until...

Posted by simon at 8:11 AM

October 27, 2009

Google Street View came through Dryden

I'm not yet sure how much of the Town they visited, but Google Maps seems to have added street views of a variety of places. The street views are pretty far out of sync with the satellite views, though -...

Posted by simon at 12:26 PM

August 31, 2009

Gas lease map

Talk about gas drilling is often pretty abstract. Signing a lease doesn't put a sign on the land saying "this land leased for gas drilling", and figuring out what has been leased can mean a long trip through stacks of...

Posted by simon at 10:05 AM

June 15, 2006

Dryden schools: higher taxes and less spending per student?

NYCO's Blog highlighted a map showing which school districts face the ugly combination of above average tax rates and lower spending per student. The map comes from the Midstate School Finance Consortium, which is pushing the state for fairer and...

Posted by simon at 12:44 PM

May 24, 2006

A closer look at the bike map

Earlier this morning I noted the work of the Ithaca Tompkins County Transportation Council (ITCTC) on a draft map for bicyclists indicating the suitability of various roads in the county for bicycling. Here's a closer view of the portion of...

Posted by simon at 8:34 AM

May 9, 2006

Ellis Hollow, Pinckney Road infrastructure

The Town Board will soon be evaluating the prospects for a water district along Ellis Hollow Road (where wells have been having problems) and for a water and sewer district near Pinckney Road, where it would serve businesses between there...

Posted by simon at 12:37 PM

April 19, 2006

Mapping land to get ready to grow

I mentioned earlier that I was working on permaculture design for my house and its surrounding area. A key part of that is planning, and I've hired Joshua Dolan to help with that and more. To get started, he and...

Posted by simon at 10:49 PM

March 24, 2006

The Mapless Map

Posted by simon at 8:26 AM

February 21, 2006

Soil survey maps

There's a lot of discussion of soil types at Town Hall. Soil types affect everything from agriculture to septic tank placement to erosion and runoff. The Town of Dryden Comprehensive Plan includes Map 4-1, Natural Constraints to Development (1.9MB PDF),...

Posted by simon at 8:34 AM

May 31, 2005

Making maps

If anyone's curious how I made the presidential election and voter registration maps of Tompkins County, and doesn't mind a walk through some technical details, my employer's published Hacking Election Maps with XML and MapServer, which explains how I created...

Posted by simon at 8:03 PM

May 21, 2005

Registration maps

After last night's 2004 presidential voting maps, I thought I'd play with the voter registration data and see what kind of perspective that gives on the politics of the county. As I did with the presidential data, I stripped it...

Posted by simon at 10:01 AM

May 20, 2005

A tale of two maps

Two books I edited on mapping topics - Mapping Hacks and Web Mapping Illustrated - are coming out next month, so I've been wanting to play with maps. By combining district-by-district election data for the 2004 presidential race, the 2002...

Posted by simon at 10:58 PM

April 19, 2005

Windmills generate controversy

Cornell's proposed windmills on Mount Pleasant, near the WHCU radio tower, encountered a lot of opposition last week. I missed the informational meeting at the Varna Community Center, so I went to the Environmental Management Council meeting last Wednesday instead....

Posted by simon at 7:06 PM

April 6, 2005

Satellite pictures of Dryden

I've been meaning to link to Google Maps for a while, though I've been sticking to MapQuest out of habit. Google's posted satellite photos now in addition to their regular maps, as you can see at this link to the...

Posted by simon at 8:22 AM

December 26, 2004

Fire map

The 1996 fire coverage map for Dryden (the last one compiled, apparently still in use by 911) turned up a few months ago, and I've finally gotten around to scanning it. If you want to see a larger (32x32 inches...

Posted by simon at 9:39 AM

June 21, 2004

New Town Hall site maps

I mentioned in an earlier story that the Town Board decided to focus discussion of a new Town Hall on the existing site. Since then, I've gotten some of the photos discussed at the meeting, of the existing site and...

Posted by simon at 6:23 PM

April 27, 2004

Mysterious markers

The other day I noticed concrete markers along the south side of Route 13. I'd driven by them for years without seeing them, but suddenly they seemed to be everywhere. Monuments at Ringwood Road and Route 13 The survey map...

Posted by simon at 8:37 AM

March 1, 2004

Assessments and taxes

The Ithaca Journal's editorial today examines the annual assessment process. This process has come under fire lately, largely because taxes and assessments have risen at the same time. I think the Journal is right that annual assessment and a central...

Posted by simon at 3:52 PM

February 19, 2004

Etna's history, to 1897

We'll see what the Town Planning Board has to say about Etna's future tonight, but here's a rich description of its past from George Goodrich. Etna was a very busy place, and this entry is considerably longer than the one...

Posted by simon at 12:15 PM

Varna's history, to 1897

Since the Town Planning Board will be looking at Varna's future tonight, it seemed like an appropriate day to post George Goodrich's history of its past. (I'm still typing in Etna's chapter.) In a first, I've scanned in the pictures...

Posted by simon at 8:51 AM

January 11, 2004

Cellular coverage in Dryden

The Verizon Wireless booth at the Pyramid Mall used to have a poster-sized map of their coverage areas. Of course, I signed up with them (or Frontier, anyway) when I lived in a place with coverage, and moved here, which...

Posted by simon at 12:51 PM

December 28, 2003

When Route 13 moved

Whenever I look at a map of Tompkins County, I look for the distinctively-shaped intersection of Routes 13 and 366. Even if a map doesn't have road labels, it stands out pretty clearly. It wasn't always that way, however -...

Posted by simon at 9:56 AM

December 19, 2003

Draft Comprehensive Plan Informational Meeting

I made it to last night's informational meeting on the Town's Draft Comprehensive Plan, held at the Dryden Town Hall. (The hearing on annexation was at the Village Hall, at the same time, and there was a bit of confusion.)...

Posted by simon at 12:49 PM

December 18, 2003

Map sources

Before tonight's informational meeting on the Draft Comprehensive Plan, I asked George Frantz, the planner, why the GIS versions of the maps weren't available. He said he's not allowed to redistribute maps made by Tompkins County. I said a lot...

Posted by simon at 10:36 PM

December 14, 2003

Morning with Maps

Despite my sniffling, sneezing, and coughing, I've been enjoying something new I got for work - Manifold GIS software. It's a map viewing and creation tool that lets me get right into the map data published by people like the...

Posted by simon at 12:34 PM

November 26, 2003

Draft Comprehensive Plan

The Town website now hosts the 2003 Draft Comprehensive Plan. This is a fascinating document with lots of pieces, but I'll be a while digesting before I comment on it in depth. The draft (without maps) is 2.4MB long, so...

Posted by simon at 8:29 AM

November 23, 2003

Disappearing state highways

While looking through the Cornell Plantations Path Guide, I noticed the Cayuga Trails Club's 1971 Cayuga Trail map in the back. Though it clearly wasn't the focus on the map, two small labels stood out: "Ellis Hollow Rd. NY 393"...

Posted by simon at 9:14 AM

November 11, 2003

Dryden Tax Maps

I've always been fond of maps, and can happily sit around reading them for hours. I just stumbled on the property tax maps for Dryden. My own house is at the far left of Map 52. If you know your...

Posted by simon at 5:22 PM

November 7, 2003

Where I'm at

I live at 1259 Dryden Road, Ithaca, NY 14850. Does that address say Ithaca, when this blog is about Dryden? It sure does. The house is in the Town of Dryden, but is just barely in the Ithaca zip code,...

Posted by simon at 8:19 AM