The City of Cortland, the "Crown City" of New York State, began its existence as a thriving, successful destination for both manufacturers and settlers. Beginning in the 1850s, the City's industry grew and Cortland became a manufacturing powerhouse. Many of the resulting architectural assets are still in place and they are a key piece of the proud heritage that is celebrated locally as the foundation for the City's re-emerging culturally commercial economy.
Questions to be AnsweredCortland faced the same existential questions as other communities in Upstate New York:
- Are its best days in the past?
- Will it ever be the thriving community it once was?
- Is stagnation the new normal?