NGUYEN | The Tale of Cornell’s Broken Housing Market

How did a humble college town in upstate New York become one of the least affordable zip codes in the United States? To piece together some answers, I turned to a number of local historical and academic sources. What I unearthed was a loose narrative of a small town warping under the weight of student demand.

Students Return to Incomplete Collegetown Apartments

“They still haven’t done a paint job, they’re missing cargo nets, the AC isn’t working,” said Rachel Karina ’19, who moved into 201 College Avenue on August 22. “They sent residents an email saying it was good to move in on Monday [Aug. 21], but this is the state of things right now.”