New Developments

  • Could New Supply of Apartments Slow Rising Rents?

    May 23, 2016 Landlords are confident that apartments are not overbuilt, and rents continue to increase in many markets, but real estate investment trust investors are less certain. This year, deliveries are reaching new peaks, and investor worries about a market softening are reflected in the sector’s –1.12 percent year-to-date total return. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.
  • Investors Willing to Fill the Void for Spending on Infrastructure, Energy

    May 17, 2016 Panelists at the recent ULI Japan Conference in Tokyo said that even a mature market such as Japan offers significant opportunities, due to a program of public/private partnerships designed to ease the burden on the state, but a $1 trillion “infrastructure gap” exists worldwide.
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    Industry Outlook for Adaptive Use

    What are the best ways to transform older buildings to accommodate new uses? Experts in adaptive use discuss how they evaluate existing buildings, how to avoid common pitfalls, how to balance sustainability with preservation, and other trends.

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    ULX: 10 Industrial Structures Recast

    Ten relics of the industrial past find new life as modern offices. The following ten projects—all completed during the past five years—include a shoe-polish factory refitted as a social justice center and a broadcasting studio turned into a coworking facility.

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    How Three U.S. Cities Are Building on Public/Private Partnerships

    American cities seeking to reinvent themselves can do so by using creative financing, among other tools, according to a panel of experts at the 2016 ULI Spring Meeting in Philadelphia. The panel also served as the launch event for the new ULI publication Reaching for the Future: Creative Finance for Smaller Communities.

New Developments

  • Could New Supply of Apartments Slow Rising Rents?

    May 23, 2016 Landlords are confident that apartments are not overbuilt, and rents continue to increase in many markets, but real estate investment trust investors are less certain. This year, deliveries are reaching new peaks, and investor worries about a market softening are reflected in the sector’s –1.12 percent year-to-date total return. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.
  • Investors Willing to Fill the Void for Spending on Infrastructure, Energy

    May 17, 2016 Panelists at the recent ULI Japan Conference in Tokyo said that even a mature market such as Japan offers significant opportunities, due to a program of public/private partnerships designed to ease the burden on the state, but a $1 trillion “infrastructure gap” exists worldwide.
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    Distinguishing Signal from Noise as Use of Big Data Grows

    While the use of big data is increasing in many industries, Nate Silver, founder and editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight, told attendees at the recent ULI Spring Meeting, “When you have more data, you have more opportunities to be wrong.”

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    Roger Staubach to Headline ULI Fall Meeting in Dallas

    Preparations are already underway in Dallas for the 2016 ULI Fall Meeting, which the city will host October 24–27. A high-profile session will feature Roger Staubach, executive chairman of JLL Americas and former Dallas Cowboys star quarterback, who forged a highly successful career in real estate following his retirement from the National Football League in 1980.

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    In Print: Becoming Jane Jacobs

    Jane Jacobs, best known as the author of Death and Life of American Cities, would have celebrated her 100th birthday this year. A new biography, Becoming Jane Jacobs, by Clemson University professor Peter Laurence purports that the most venerated figure in urban planning today is also among the most underappreciated and misunderstood, even by her staunchest supporters.

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    Buying It Right: Advice for Aspiring Developers from Industry Veterans

    For aspiring developers, panelists agreed that choosing a sector—whether it be residential, office, industrial, or something else—does not particularly matter, but that you have to start somewhere, start small, and specialize within whatever sector you do choose. “All happy real estate deals are alike—they start with a motivated seller,” said John E. McNellis of McNellis Partners, speaking at the 2016 ULI Spring Meeting.

Recent Articles

  • Combining—and Dividing—Uses at the Goat Blocks of Portland, Oregon

    May 26, 2016

    A developer uses suburban retail experience to craft a dense, mixed-use community in the heart of Portland’s Central Eastside. A development firm has transferred its retail skills to intricately craft a 348,000-rentable-square-foot (32,000 sq m) project called the Goat Blocks—the name a popular reference to the animals that kept the grass in check on the site during the years the land was left fallow awaiting development.

  • Political Will, Bold Leadership Are Necessary Tools for Reinventing Communities

    May 26, 2016

    A new ULI report describes a variety of public financing tools for cities seeking to reinvent themselves and attract greater private investment. The report, however, is not about any one specific financing tool or taxing mechanism, but about the leadership, strategic vision, and political will necessary to create a plan for reinvention and execute it. Expert panelists discussed how these challenges played out in Pittsburgh; Greenville, South Carolina; and Cincinnati at the recent ULI Housing Opportunity Conference in Boston.

  • New England Mayors Facing Cities’ Affordable Housing Shortage

    May 25, 2016

    Despite a regional economy that is faring better than that in much of the country, many of New England’s major cities are struggling to provide enough affordable housing for their middle-income workforce.

  • Could New Supply of Apartments Slow Rising Rents?

    May 23, 2016

    Landlords are confident that apartments are not overbuilt, and rents continue to increase in many markets, but real estate investment trust investors are less certain. This year, deliveries are reaching new peaks, and investor worries about a market softening are reflected in the sector’s –1.12 percent year-to-date total return. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

  • Evolving Tokyo

    May 23, 2016

    The city’s center, inside the circular Yamanote Line, has seen massive redevelopment in recent years. Now, developers are looking further afield.

  • ULI Global Awards for Excellence: King’s Cross Station, London

    May 23, 2016

    The redevelopment of London’s historic King’s Cross Station was completed in March 2012. Launched in 2005, the remodeling project has improved passenger facilities, made operational activities more efficient, and increased retail opportunities. The project adapted and reused the train shed and range buildings, restored the station’s previously obscured facade, and added the new, visually striking Western Concourse that serves as the centerpiece of the remodeling project.

  • Four Solutions for Housing Cost-Burdened Families

    May 23, 2016

    In February, Enterprise Community Partners unveiled an ambitious policy platform that is intended to improve the lives and outcomes of housing-insecure families.

  • Lessons from Yonkers and Beyond: Communities Grapple with Integration

    May 19, 2016

    Lisa Belkin’s book, Show Me a Hero, was first published in 1999, leading to a 2015 HBO six-part miniseries that dramatized what happened when Yonkers, New York, was ordered by a federal judge in 1985 to end its practice of racially segregating its population through its public housing program and school system.

  • Portrait of the Artist as Community Developer: Theaster Gates and Chicago’s South Side

    May 19, 2016

    Chicago-based Theaster Gates may be the only artist in the United States merging the roles of artist and real estate developer. A celebrated and commercially successful multimedia artist who has exhibited work in museums and galleries around the world, Gates has transformed blocks of his South Side neighborhood through key investments in housing and unique community assets that provide residents with outlets for expression while preserving local culture before it disappears.

  • In Print: Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism

    May 19, 2016

    In this 2014 book, now available in paperback, transit advocate Benjamin Ross highlights some of the origins of suburban sprawl in the United States.

  • Investors Willing to Fill the Void for Spending on Infrastructure, Energy

    May 17, 2016

    Panelists at the recent ULI Japan Conference in Tokyo said that even a mature market such as Japan offers significant opportunities, due to a program of public/private partnerships designed to ease the burden on the state, but a $1 trillion “infrastructure gap” exists worldwide.

  • Boosting Innovation and Density Is the Future for Japan’s Cities

    May 16, 2016

    Mitigating the population issues facing Japan, and further developing its cities to meet the demands of the future, were discussed by panelists at the recent ULI Japan Spring Conference in Tokyo. Takeshi Natsuno, professor at the Keio University school of media and governance, said Japan’s government should cease spending in areas without a certain density of population.

  • Health Care REITs Outperform Despite a Murky Horizon

    May 16, 2016

    Implementation of the Affordable Care Act has driven both health care–related job growth and demand for real estate in the United States. But health care REITs are not immune from external market challenges, and they have thrived in the current low interest rate environment. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

  • Japan Copes with Shifting Demands in Tourism

    May 16, 2016

    Japan welcomed just under 20 million visitors last year and is targeting 40 million arrivals by 2020, the year Tokyo holds the Summer Olympics. ULI members attending the event at the Tokyo Midtown conference center heard that the Japanese government is having trouble keeping up with the pace of change in the tourism industry. For example, due to licensing requirements, 99 percent of Airbnb apartment owners in Japan are breaking the law.

  • How Cities, Property Owners Are Integrating Wi-Fi, Charging Stations

    May 13, 2016

    Free public wi-fi and charging stations are being deployed through outdoor public furniture and fixtures—benches, shelters, streetlight poles, trash cans, and other common features.

  • Even in Affordable U.S. Cities, Energy Adds to Cost of Housing

    May 13, 2016

    Improving energy efficiency in low-income households could create a ripple effect of health, economic, and environmental benefits for individuals, families, and communities, says a new report on low-income households in 48 of the largest U.S. cities.

  • Video: Vanguard CEO F. William McNabb III on Cybersecurity and Systemic Risk

    May 13, 2016

    Speaking at the ULI Spring Meeting in Philadelphia, William McNabb, chairman and CEO of Vanguard, shares his thoughts on systemic risk for financial institutions, two-factor authentication, and what keeps him up at night.

  • White House, New ULI Website Spotlight Building for Resilience

    May 12, 2016

    The White House Conference on Resilient Building Codes, held recently in Washington, D.C., is expected to raise awareness of the critical need for building codes to encourage urban development that is more resilient to the impacts of climate change. The event featured a discussion by Obama administration officials and public and private sector representatives of the key role of building codes in furthering community resilience.

  • In Print: Start-Up City: Inspiring Private & Public Entrepreneurship, Getting Projects Done, and Having Fun

    May 10, 2016

    In choosing the title for this book, Gabe Klein, best known as the former head of the city departments of transportation in Washington, D.C., and later Chicago, refers to the entrepreneurial mentality that public sector workers can bring to government.

  • ULI Global Awards for Excellence: Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu, Chengdu

    May 9, 2016

    Located in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu, the Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu project is a large-scale, retail-led development consisting of an open-plan, lane-driven retail complex; the historic Daci Temple House; a boutique hotel with 100 guest rooms and 42 serviced apartments; and Pinnacle One, a Grade A office tower.

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