When it comes to jobs and economic opportunities, where a person lives can be pivotal. After all, if an employer is located in high-cost area, the talent pool of available hires shrinks — or productivity declines as workers face long commutes. Indeed, potentially valuable employees may lose a great advancement opportunity and pursue work elsewhere if housing costs are too high. That’s the ultimate lose-lose scenario. One way to tackle this challenge, which affects American cities large and small, is through employer-assisted housing, a model that is receiving increased attention as … Read More
Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice: ULI Publication Contains Strategies for Development that Encourages Healthy Lifestyles Report is Part of ULI’s Ongoing Efforts to Highlight the Connection between Land Use and Health WASHINGTON (February 19, 2015) – Development strategies that can improve health outcomes, such as providing protected bikeways, minimizing noise pollution, and offering amenities such as community gardens, are highlighted in a new publication from the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Building Healthy Places Toolkit: Strategies for Enhancing Health in the Built Environment. The Building Healthy Places Toolkit outlines 21 practical, evidence-based recommendations … Read More
New research from the Urban Land Institute suggests that micro units—typically larger than a one-car garage, but smaller than a double—have staying power as a housing type that appeals to urban dwellers in high-cost markets who are willing to trade space for improved affordability and proximity to downtown neighborhoods. The Macro View on Micro Units includes an analysis by MPF Research of more than 400 rental apartment communities (comprising more than 90,000 units) built in 2012–2013 in the 35 U.S. metropolitan areas that experienced the highest concentration of multifamily construction during … Read More
On July 11, 2014, our monthly brown bag series featured Dolan Eversole, Regional Coordinator of NOAA UH Sea Grant Coastal Storms Program. Dolan presented the latest research on how climate change is expected to affect the built environment on Oahu and what mitigation and adaptation techniques are being discussed. Dolan said Hawai`i is stepping up efforts at planning for adaptation with recent legislation that assigns the State Office of Planning to implement an adaptation policy. You can see the text of the legislation here>>> Some of the key points from the talk: FLOODING … Read More
Tax increment financing (TIF) can be a powerful economic development tool. Under the right circumstances, TIF can generate enough funding to make a real difference. And with the right safeguards in place, TIF encourages government and the private sector to form a partnership based on each other’s strengths. “Without TIF or other government programs, the only redevelopment will be for the rich, by the rich,” says Stephen B.Friedman, a consultant with decades of TIF experience in Illinois and Wisconsin and a member of ULI’s Public/Private Partnership Council. For neighborhoods in … Read More
The 2014 Spring Meeting attracted 3,000 of the top leaders from every sector of the real estate industry to Vancouver, British Columbia, for three days of exclusive programming. Videos of select presentations are now available at ULI.org, as well as PDFs of the slideshow presentations from many of the Spring Meeting speakers. Watch the videos and download the presentations at ULI.org.
Real estate investors often worry that their portfolios might be pummeled by economic factors such as rising interest rates. But there are plenty of other concerns—rising sea levels, earthquakes, overpopulation, social inequity, pollution, crime, and poorly functioning government. Read about this latest report presented at the ULI April 2014 Spring Meeting in Vancouver BC! Read the full article here>>>
ULI Members – if you are up early on April 1, 2014 we hope you will join a special ULI Webinar, “ULI/EY Real Estate Consensus Forecast Webinar. It will be held at 11am ET, 5am Hawaii Standard Time. The survey findings will be brought to you by Anita Kramer, Vice President, ULI-Center for Capital Markets and Real Estate and Howard Roth, Global Real Estate Leader, EY. A lively discussion from panel members Doug Poutasse, Executive Vice President, Bentall Kennedy, Bill Maher, Director of North American Investment Strategy, LaSalle Investment Management, and Jon Southard, Principal and Managing Director, CBRE … Read More
“Vancouverism” is now synonymous with tower-podium architecture, green space, and breathtaking views. But the much-admired Canadian city’s real secret of success may be its value-based development process. Vancouver has spent decades on its deliberative, values-driven process in which local government planners, developers, and the citizenry have labored to form a consensus vision and come up with creative solutions for achieving it. Read more>>>
A master-planned community in Virginia is setting itself apart with its working farm and other health-oriented amenities. Willowsford is a 4,125-acre master-planned community that includes a range of luxury single-family housing and a wealth of amenities, many related to fostering healthy lifestyles, including a working farm and a farm-to-table focus. Read the new ULI Case Study.