Dogs on the Commons: Should the Ban Be Lifted?

 
When the Ithaca Commons was built in 1975, a general ban on dogs was put in place. Some exceptions have been made -- dogs are allowed to accompany their owners to work or to their domicile with a City-issued permit, and at one time dogs were allowed to be walked to a grooming salon in the 200 block.

The Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention and Visitors Bureau reports that it has received complaints from tourists because the Ithaca Commons is not "dog-friendly". The Downtown Ithaca Alliance has received similar complaints from tourists and local residents alike.

Many other cities, such as Santa Cruz, CA, have recently become "dog-friendly" in an effort to encourage tourism. The Downtown Ithaca Alliance is considering asking the City of Ithaca to adopt a trial period to permit dogs on the Commons. We'd like your input -- we want to know whether you would support such a change in the City ordinance, and if so, what specific language you'd want to have added.
1. Select all that apply:
2. Would you support removing the ban on dogs on the Ithaca Commons?
3. If yes, which of the following clauses would you support?
4. Is there anything else you'd like to add?
5. This survey is anonymous but you are welcome to type your name and contact information here if you so desire.
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