Elmira is an unhappy place. The population has shrunk by over 40% inn the last 20 years and along with it went the heart of the city. What is left is a classic Appalachain "Rust Belt" city: limited employment, poor public schools, crime, low life, a dead downtown, racial problems, a catastrophic drop in real estate values, marginally competent public officials, slum lords by the dozen, many tattoo palors and dive bars and a cloud of unhappiness. Other than that, its an OK place. In the midst of all this, is Elmira College, the only remaining jewel of once was a proud city.