Picture your downtown vacant, boarded up, while the malls surrounding your city are thriving What would you do In 1974 the politicians, merchants, community leaders, and business and property owners, of Ithaca, New York, joined together to transform main street into a pedestrian mall Cornell University began an Industrial Research Park to keep and attract jobs Developers began renovating run down housing City Planners crafted a long range plan utilizing State legislation permitting a Business Improvement District BID , with taxing authority to raise up to 20 percent of the City tax rate focused on downtown redevelopment Shaping a City is the behind the scenes story of one developer s involvement, from first buying and renovating small houses, gradually expanding his thinking and projects to include a recognition of the interdependence of the entire city jobs, infrastructure, retail, housing, industry, taxation, banking and City Planning It is the story of how he, along with other local developers transformed a quiet, economically challenged upstate New York town into one that is recognized nationally as among the best small cities in the country.The lessons and principles of personal relationships, cooperation and collaboration, the importance of density, and the power of a Business Improvement District to catalyze change, are ones you can take home for the development and revitalization of your city. Free Read [ Shaping a City: Ithaca, New York, a Developer's Perspective ] Author [ Mack Travis ] For Kindle ePUB or eBook – heartforum.co.uk
Mack Travis went to New York City forty years ago to make it as an actor, but then he got practical Today, he owns millions of dollars worth of income properties in upstate New York and is a guest lecturer at the Cornell University Hotel School and Program in Real Estate He currently lives in Ithaca, New York.
- 320 pages
- Shaping a City: Ithaca, New York, a Developer's Perspective
- Mack Travis
- 02 October 2017 Mack Travis