New Developments

  • Audio: The Challenges of Unbuilding a City

    August 29, 2016 National Public Radio's podcast Planet Money recently looked at why demolishing a single block of abandoned homes in Baltimore took more than a decade.
  • In Print: A Burglar’s Guide to the City

    August 29, 2016 The premise of Geoff Manaugh’s A Burglar’s Guide to the City is simple; burglars understand cities, and the buildings that constitute them, better than you do. Manaugh has been exploring a dizzying range of theoretical and esoterically vocational perspectives on the city for well over a decade on his invaluable BLDGBLOG.
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    Loosening the Restrictions on FHA Condo Finance

    The U.S. Congress has thrown its support behind new legislation that aims to fix some of the problems in the condo financing program of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). The Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act (H.R. 3700) will loosen some of the more stringent regulatory requirements specific to condo mortgage insurance that were introduced in the wake of the housing finance crisis.

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    Invasion of the Tech Tenants

    Technology tenants’ leasing volume is at a historic high. But you have to negotiate leases differently when a tenant wants a climbing wall, dense occupancy ratios—and a welcoming attitude toward dogs and bicycles.

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    July/August Issue of Urban Land Is Available for Download

    The latest issue of the magazine is now available for download in the Urban Land app. The cover package for this issue is titled “Home Sweet: Softening the Edges for Dense, Urban Living.” Other topics include “Housing: Repurposing Office Space,” “Japan: Calling Uber,” and “Technology: A New Kind of Tenant.”

New Developments

  • Audio: The Challenges of Unbuilding a City

    August 29, 2016 National Public Radio's podcast Planet Money recently looked at why demolishing a single block of abandoned homes in Baltimore took more than a decade.
  • In Print: A Burglar’s Guide to the City

    August 29, 2016 The premise of Geoff Manaugh’s A Burglar’s Guide to the City is simple; burglars understand cities, and the buildings that constitute them, better than you do. Manaugh has been exploring a dizzying range of theoretical and esoterically vocational perspectives on the city for well over a decade on his invaluable BLDGBLOG.
  • Swedbank_Interior_3a Planning & Design

    ULI Global Awards for Excellence: Swedbank Headquarters, Stockholm

    After four decades in Stockholm’s city center, Swedbank had outgrown its headquarters. The banking group wanted a new building that embraced the working methods and technology associated with banking in the 21st century and that reinforced its brand as an innovative financial institution.

  • 800-REAP-NY-2016-Class-Photo Development

    Developing the Next Generation of U.S. Commercial Real Estate Leaders

    Project REAP has been providing educational and networking opportunities to enable aspiring deal-makers to “be all that they can be” in commercial real estate (CRE). REAP conducts the equivalent of a ten-week boot camp in CRE fundamentals for minority professionals seeking to enter and advance in the industry. The program recently completed classes in Atlanta and New York City—with rave reviews from the program participants as well as the instructors who taught the classes.

Recent Articles

  • Eds and Meds, Plus Labs and Govs: Partnering to Bring Innovation

    August 29, 2016

    At the heart of the transformation of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is an innovation district named Innovate ABQ, the result of a public/private partnership spearheaded by the city, the University of New Mexico, and the broader business community.

  • Audio: The Challenges of Unbuilding a City

    August 29, 2016

    National Public Radio’s podcast Planet Money recently looked at why demolishing a single block of abandoned homes in Baltimore took more than a decade.

  • In Print: A Burglar’s Guide to the City

    August 29, 2016

    The premise of Geoff Manaugh’s A Burglar’s Guide to the City is simple; burglars understand cities, and the buildings that constitute them, better than you do. Manaugh has been exploring a dizzying range of theoretical and esoterically vocational perspectives on the city for well over a decade on his invaluable BLDGBLOG.

  • Could U.S. Bureau of Prisons Ruling Further Affect Private Prison REITs?

    August 29, 2016

    Prison real estate investment trusts have been volatile during recent weeks in the aftermath of the Bureau of Prisons’ announcement that it would not extend or renew its contracts with private prisons. Declining prison populations also factored into the decision. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

  • Beyond the Bay Area: Austin, Dallas among Top Cities Adding Tech Talent

    August 29, 2016

    San Francisco remains the leading U.S. tech market, but the competition for talent is getting tougher as more highly skilled tech workers—especially millennials—are flocking to cities where the cost of living is lower and tech jobs are plentiful, according to CBRE Group’s annual research report Scoring Tech Talent. Austin and Dallas/Forth Worth ranked fifth and sixth respectively in this year’s report.

  • From Principles to Practice: ULI Report Explores How to Build Effective Public/Private Partnerships

    August 26, 2016

    The challenges and opportunities associated with creating effective public/private partnerships in the current economic environment are explored in Successful Public/Private Partnerships: From Principles to Practice, a new ULI publication.

  • Understanding Scope of the Housing Shortage in the U.S.

    August 22, 2016

    Newly released data and analysis from several sources illustrate a major obstacle to a fully healthy housing market in the United States: the nation is not building nearly enough new residential units.

  • In Print: A Good Tax: Legal and Policy Issues for the Property Tax in the United States

    August 22, 2016

    An attorney by training and chair of the Department of Valuation and Taxation at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, author Joan Youngman presents a crisp and balanced review of the complex administrative and political challenges posed by the assessment and collection of the annual property tax.

  • Which REITs Could Benefit from Back-to-School Shopping?

    August 22, 2016

    Back-to-school is the second biggest shopping season for U.S. retailers. But shoppers are favoring discounters more, including off-price chains, dollar stores, and lines like Macy’s Backstage and Nordstrom Rack. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

  • Driving the Reurbanization of Downtown Los Angeles

    August 16, 2016

    Called by GQ magazine “the Capital of Cool,” downtown Los Angeles is seeing some 22,000 residences now under construction or in planning. What lessons does DTLA’s resurgence hold for other U.S. cities?

  • ULI Case Studies: Mercantile Place, Dallas, Texas

    August 16, 2016

    Mercantile Place is a rental apartment community in downtown Dallas consisting of four separate and diverse buildings with a total of 704 apartments. Two of the apartment buildings were converted from office buildings, one of which was historic; the third is a renovated historic apartment building previously converted from office space; and the fourth is a new 15-story apartment building. Though the buildings are located on three separate blocks, they share amenities and parking, and the four buildings have been positioned and marketed together as one residential community.

  • Video: New York City’s Lowline Gets First Approval

    August 15, 2016

    In mid-July, New York City’s Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen and the New York City Economic Development Corporation announced the selection of the Lowline as the designated developer for the underground trolley terminal at the base of the Williamsburg Bridge that has been disused for nearly seven decades.

  • ULI Global Awards for Excellence: Swedbank Headquarters, Stockholm

    August 15, 2016

    After four decades in Stockholm’s city center, Swedbank had outgrown its headquarters. The banking group wanted a new building that embraced the working methods and technology associated with banking in the 21st century and that reinforced its brand as an innovative financial institution.

  • Is It Trouble or Opportunity at the Mall?

    August 15, 2016

    Macy’s has announced plans to close 100 of its 675 traditional full-price locations and to increase investment in its online channel, which heightened concern about bricks-and-mortar retail versus e-commerce and led regional mall REITs lower. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

  • Loosening the Restrictions on FHA Condo Finance

    August 15, 2016

    The U.S. Congress has thrown its support behind new legislation that aims to fix some of the problems in the condo financing program of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). The Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act (H.R. 3700) will loosen some of the more stringent regulatory requirements specific to condo mortgage insurance that were introduced in the wake of the housing finance crisis.

  • In Print: Dream Cities: Seven Urban Ideas That Shape the World

    August 15, 2016

    This is a book that educates, entertains, and astonishes. It is an effort that progresses along multiple paths of utopian impulse, while at the same time gushing forth with a bravado of egocentric, architectural hubris.

  • Six Commercial Real Estate Trends to Watch for What Remains of 2016

    August 10, 2016

    The U.S. property market landscape in 2016 has looked much like it did in 2015, with somewhat less impressive numbers, as a number of interwoven themes come into play and, yet, bode well for savvy investors who can step out in front of trends.

  • Bringing Flexibility Home

    August 9, 2016

    New tech habits spur demand for creating privacy in open-plan homes.

  • U.S. REITs Attractive in a Post-Brexit World

    August 8, 2016

    Thanks to strong market fundamentals, positive second-quarter earnings reports, and post-Brexit assurances of ongoing low interest rates, real estate investment trusts (REITs) pushed forward in July with a 3.87 percent total return, with the lodging segment posted the strongest total returns for July at 10.23 percent. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

  • Fare Game

    August 8, 2016

    When the Uber went online last year in Fukuoka, the biggest city in Japan’s south, it was shut down within a matter of weeks by the government on the grounds that the vehicles used did not belong to Uber, which violated the nation’s Road Transportation Act. The company’s second attempt to break into the nation of 127 million has involved a different strategy: cooperating with taxi companies.

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