New Developments

  • Demand from Tech Tenants Continues to Propel Office Markets

    April 27, 2015 Strong demand from technology, advertising, media, and information tenants, combined with limited new office supply, has allowed for healthy rent growth. The office sector’s 2.89 percent dividend yield is below average for equity REITs, but in the current low-interest-rate environment, it is attractive compared with other investment options. Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.
  • Downtowns Rank High on AARP’s New Livability Index

    April 23, 2015 Mifflin West of Madison, Wisconsin, was named America's most livable neighborhood in AARP's Livability index, followed by the Upper West Side of New York and Boston's Downtown Crossing.
  • One Park Place, built along Discovery Green park, was  among the first new apartment buildings to be constructed downtown. (Finger Companies) Planning & Design

    Houston Creates a New Neighborhood Downtown

    The most expensive apartments per square foot in Houston are in a new tower overlooking a new park in a new residential neighborhood now blossoming downtown. That tower, One Park Place, proved that luxury rental housing can thrive in a central business district still dominated by high-rise office properties.

  • chart_619 Market Trends

    Cities Outpaced Suburbs in Job Growth during the Great Recession

    From 2007 to 2011, jobs grew faster in many downtowns than in surrounding areas, reversing a nearly 60-year-long trend in the United States. This is according to research by City Observatory, a think tank based in Portland, Oregon.

  • Rising property values and taxes, along with changing demographics, have stimulated growth in PAD demand in both cities and suburbs. One of the first solar laneway house PADs in suburban Vancouver, British Columbia, was built by Lanefab Design/Build as an infill on an existing 50-foot-by-125-foot (15 by 38 m) residential lot. It is 1,050 square feet (98 sq m) with one bedroom and two bathrooms built for the owners of the existing main house. (Lanefab Design/Build) Planning & Design

    Rethinking Private Accessory Dwellings

    Owners of detached single-family houses are finding ways to add accessory dwellings to their homes. Planners have only recently started to address the trend, crafting regulatory changes that can help PADs enrich the intergenerational fabric of communities.

New Developments

  • Demand from Tech Tenants Continues to Propel Office Markets

    April 27, 2015 Strong demand from technology, advertising, media, and information tenants, combined with limited new office supply, has allowed for healthy rent growth. The office sector’s 2.89 percent dividend yield is below average for equity REITs, but in the current low-interest-rate environment, it is attractive compared with other investment options. Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.
  • Downtowns Rank High on AARP’s New Livability Index

    April 23, 2015 Mifflin West of Madison, Wisconsin, was named America's most livable neighborhood in AARP's Livability index, followed by the Upper West Side of New York and Boston's Downtown Crossing.
  • (©sean deburca/corbis) Development

    Product Council Outlook: Recreational Development

    How are developers catering to boomers, gen Xers, and millennials whose expectations were affected by the Great Recession? Members of ULI’s Recreational Development Council discuss opportunities for repositioning and new construction in the coming years, changes in consumer preferences and demographic trends, and other factors influencing resort, vacation, and second-home destinations.

  • prices_full Capital Markets

    Strong Outlook for Real Estate in ULI Consensus Forecast

    The ULI Real Estate Consensus Forecast, issued biannually, which surveys 46 economists and analysts, predicts strong demand and value for real estate for the next three years. According to panelists on a ULI members-only webinar, real estate continues to offer strong relative value compared with other investments, and fundamental demand is also quite strong.

  • ULIAnnualReport_800x467 Industry Sectors

    The 2014 Annual Report

    The 2014 Annual Report tells stories of ULI members making a positive impact every day in their communities, and it highlights members’ extraordinary contributions in advancing the ULI mission to create thriving, sustainable communities worldwide.

  • RDoC-SF_800 Sustainability

    Before the Storm: Strengthening Communities with Resilience Thinking

    How do we decide where best to invest our creativity and finite resources to make places safer, stronger, and ready to withstand acute shocks? The latest findings include better financial underwriting standards but also stronger interpersonal human networks.

Recent Articles

  • Gateway Houston: Attracting Immigrants, Global Trade, and Investors

    April 27, 2015

    Last year, veteran Texas homebuilder Jim Lemming decided to construct houses to meet the prevailing tastes and lifestyles of Houston’s growing southwest suburbs. That meant building houses with prayer rooms, Islamic-style arches, domed roofs, and extra master bedroom suites to accommodate multigenerational households.

  • Demand from Tech Tenants Continues to Propel Office Markets

    April 27, 2015

    Strong demand from technology, advertising, media, and information tenants, combined with limited new office supply, has allowed for healthy rent growth. The office sector’s 2.89 percent dividend yield is below average for equity REITs, but in the current low-interest-rate environment, it is attractive compared with other investment options. Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.

  • Bringing Healthy Living to Sun Belt Cities

    April 27, 2015

    No city in the United States is probably less likely to be the poster child for healthy living through physical activity than Houston. Yet things are changing, and these changes are making Houston a great laboratory that will help us figure out whether it is possible to change real estate development patterns in the Sun Belt in a way that increases physical activity and therefore improves public health.

  • ULI Case Study: CityCentre in Houston

    April 24, 2015

    A mixed-use urban district in the Houston suburbs has created a much-needed pedestrian-friendly setting for office tenants, apartment dwellers, hotel guests, and retail/restaurant patrons.

  • Six Innovative Designs Leading Libraries’ Resurgence

    April 24, 2015

    The American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association have selected six recipients to receive the 2015 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards, including the new Cedar Rapids Public Library, designed by OPN Architects.

  • Downtowns Rank High on AARP’s New Livability Index

    April 23, 2015

    Mifflin West of Madison, Wisconsin, was named America’s most livable neighborhood in AARP’s Livability index, followed by the Upper West Side of New York and Boston’s Downtown Crossing.

  • A. Alfred Taubman, 91, Has Passed

    April 20, 2015

    Longtime Urban Land Institute leader A. Alfred Taubman passed away following a heart attack. He was 91. Taubman, a real estate industry icon who pioneered the development of enclosed shopping malls, had been a ULI Foundation governor since 1985. He served as a trustee from 1980 through 1992, and was a member of the ULI Advisory Services committee from 1995 to 1996.

  • The City with (Almost) No Limits

    April 20, 2015

    As the only major U.S. city without formal zoning, Houston has a reputation as a freewheeling place where anything goes. But in truth, a complex patchwork of public and private regulation has evolved to impose order.

  • Product Council Outlook: Recreational Development

    April 20, 2015

    How are developers catering to boomers, gen Xers, and millennials whose expectations were affected by the Great Recession? Members of ULI’s Recreational Development Council discuss opportunities for repositioning and new construction in the coming years, changes in consumer preferences and demographic trends, and other factors influencing resort, vacation, and second-home destinations.

  • March/April Issue of Urban Land Is Available for Download

    April 20, 2015

    For those of you who have already downloaded the Urban Land app for tablets and smartphones, the latest issue is now available. In addition to the Apple and Android app stores, you can now download the magazine on your Kindle Fire and Windows 8 devices.

  • Lodging REITs: Time to Buy or Sell?

    April 20, 2015

    For the first time in almost a year, weekly U.S. revenue per available room declined as of April 4. But, an improving U.S. economy and low gas prices have boosted demand while new supply has stayed low in most markets, keeping lodging market fundamentals strong. Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.

  • Houston Creates a New Neighborhood Downtown

    April 20, 2015

    The most expensive apartments per square foot in Houston are in a new tower overlooking a new park in a new residential neighborhood now blossoming downtown. That tower, One Park Place, proved that luxury rental housing can thrive in a central business district still dominated by high-rise office properties.

  • Commercial/Multifamily Originations Rose to $400 Billion in 2014

    April 16, 2015

    Commercial and multifamily mortgage bankers closed $399.8 billion worth of loans in 2014, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s 2014 Commercial Real Estate/Multifamily Finance Annual Origination Volume Summation.

  • Do REITs Need Water to Grow?

    April 13, 2015

    With no sign of a break in California’s four-year drought, Governor Jerry Brown on April 1 ordered a statewide reduction in water use. What does the worsening drought mean for the state’s economy, real estate, and REITs? Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.

  • Strong Outlook for Real Estate in ULI Consensus Forecast

    April 13, 2015

    The ULI Real Estate Consensus Forecast, issued biannually, which surveys 46 economists and analysts, predicts strong demand and value for real estate for the next three years. According to panelists on a ULI members-only webinar, real estate continues to offer strong relative value compared with other investments, and fundamental demand is also quite strong.

  • University of Maryland Team Wins 2015 Hines Competition

    April 10, 2015

    For a second consecutive year, a team representing the University of Maryland has taken top honors in the 2015 ULI Hines Competition with its winning master plan proposal that transforms the Tulane/Gravier and Iberville neighborhoods in downtown New Orleans.

  • New York Tops Walk Score’s 10 Most Walkable U.S. Cities

    April 9, 2015

    Walk Score, now owned by internet brokerage Redfin, has released its 2015 ranking of the most walkable U.S. cities with populations exceeding 300,000. New York, the nation’s most walkable city, has increased its lead over San Francisco, which came in second.

  • The 2014 Annual Report

    April 8, 2015

    The 2014 Annual Report tells stories of ULI members making a positive impact every day in their communities, and it highlights members’ extraordinary contributions in advancing the ULI mission to create thriving, sustainable communities worldwide.

  • Cities Outpaced Suburbs in Job Growth during the Great Recession

    April 8, 2015

    From 2007 to 2011, jobs grew faster in many downtowns than in surrounding areas, reversing a nearly 60-year-long trend in the United States. This is according to research by City Observatory, a think tank based in Portland, Oregon.

  • REITs Volatile amid Spinoff and Interest Rate Talk

    April 6, 2015

    Real estate investment trusts were volatile in March. By month-end, the FTSE NAREIT All REIT Index had slightly underperformed the broader markets with a gain of 1.15 percent. Meanwhile, more companies are being urged to spin-off their real estate assets into REITs. Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.

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