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This April 24, 2014, shows Ithaca, N.Y. Mayor Svante Myrick at one of the city's gorges in Ithaca, N.Y. Myrick says he draws heavily on life experience as he shapes public policy, which may seem odd for someone still only in his 20s. The city’s youngest-ever mayor says his approach to Ithaca’s budget gap and even homeless population can be traced to a childhood that took him from a homeless shelter to the Ivy League. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)

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This April 24, 2014, shows Ithaca, N.Y. Mayor Svante Myrick, 27, has pushed for business-friendly zoning changes meant to enable denser development and more much-needed housing. The college-rich city regularly posts the state’s lowest unemployment rate and has seen population gains and new high-tech jobs supported by incubators and venture capitalists. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)

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This April 24, 2014, shows Ithaca, N.Y. Mayor Svante Myrick sitting on a bench in his parking spot, which he transformed into a public park in Ithaca, N.Y. Myrick says he draws heavily on life experience as he shapes public policy, which may seem odd for someone still only in his 20s. The city’s youngest-ever mayor says his approach to Ithaca’s budget gap and even homeless population can be traced to a childhood that took him from a homeless shelter to the Ivy League. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)