Title: Downtown Turnaround
Lessons for a New Urban Landscape
From the Publisher;
In the early seventies, Dan Cort sold his stereo and old Ford Fairlane for the $2,000 deposit needed to renovate a run-down Victorian. Thus began his career as a self-proclaimed, self-taught contra-developer. Against all odds and long before it was popular, Cort committed himself to preserving our architectural heritage and natural resources while others built new and wasteful sprawl developments.
Cort asserts that the key to our survival is a back-to-the-future paradigm shift in which our deteriorating cities are revitalized and reclaimed for their practical lifestyles and community values. He guides the reader on a tour of several dramatic downtown re-adaptations of neglected buildings into quality mixed-use, residential, and commercial spaces. Replete with revelations, anecdotes, and hands-on, nitty-gritty information and techniques for creating your own prosperity while saving the environment, Downtown Turnaround: Lessons for a New Urban Landscape, breaks open creative possibilities and is a must-read for builders and non-builders alike.
About the Author;
Dan Cort is an author, historic developer and environmental policy advocate. As CEO of the Cort Companies, he has been actively involved in the renovation of historic real estate in Northern California for the past 30 years. Cort Companies has purchased and restored over a million square feet of historic office and retail space in California. The company s focus is on revitalizing neighborhoods and downtown cores, with the emphasis on the Urban Village. The Cort Companies has been a major force in reversing the trend from urban sprawl to the infill of our recovering central urban areas. Mr. Cort holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from University of the Pacific in education and urban planning.
He lectures throughout the United States on the preservation of our inner cities, housing, and job creation. As a consultant for public agencies revitalizing downtowns, Mr. Cort offers practical and innovative approaches to the renewal of our cities. As Mayor of Pacific Grove, California, he actively educated and led the city in green and sustainable practices. Mr. Cort and his wife Beth founded Trees for PG, an pioneering program in which 2,000 trees were planted in the urban forest. He is co-founder of Sustainable PG, a local environmental action group which has developed a local green cleaning products program, has launched a vigorous recycling program, and has initiated a ban on styrofoam. Mr. Cort resides in Pacific Grove with his wife and son.
186 pages, hardcover. Park Place Publications, (November 1, 2010)
Author: Daniel E. Cort (Author), Nina Solomita (Editor), Michelle Manos (Illustrator)
Publisher: Park Place Publications
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