ULI fellow Ed McMahon makes the case for keeping the building height limit in Washington, D.C., where it is.
What does the epidemic of obesity in the U.S. have to do with how communities are designed and built? That was the question at a panel at the ULI Fall Meeting in Denver. In short, panelists said the way we design and build communities can have a big effect on residents’ physical and mental health.
Capitalizing on an old warehouse district helped turn around a downtown.
Cities are seeking the recipe for economic success in a rapidly changing global marketplace and, in the process, often overlook a critical asset: community distinctiveness. Special places, characteristics and customs have value, and they can increase a city’s competitive edge.
Walking and bicycling provide many benefits—reduced air pollution, improved public health, decreased dependence on foreign oil—but federal funding for nonmotorized transportation is now in jeopardy.
Nothing demonstrates the disconnect between politicians and the marketplace more than the current debate about climate change and U.S. energy policy.
Governments across the nation have long recognized the need to preserve open space. What may have been underestimated, however, is the commercial value of open space and its potential to create value.
This year marks the 85th anniversary of the landmark United States Supreme Court case Euclid v Ambler Realty. Some anti-government activists argue that we don’t need zoning and that land use planning is somehow akin to socialism. In fact, planning is the multi-faceted process that communities use to prepare for change.
When we think about what’s next in real estate, it is clear that food and farming will become a more important and profitable part of the equation, according to one panel at ULI’s recent Fall Meeting.
One trend driving demand in the hospitality industry—which made a rapid recovery in demand and revenue in 2010—is social media, say participants in a panel at the ULI Spring Council Forum.
In the United States, which is witnessing a “jobless recovery,” there are only four sectors with stable tenant demand, say panelists in the session on office development at ULI’s Spring Council Forum.
Because of generation Y, the economy, and the rise of e-commerce, the future belongs to town centers, main streets, and mixed-use development—not to yesteryears strip mall, says ULI’s Ed McMahon.
Place is more than just a location or a spot on a map. A sense of place is a unique collection of qualities and characteristics – visual, cultural, social, and environmental – that provides meaning to a location as well as increased revenues.
A session titled “Master Planned Communities 2020” at ULI’s 2010 Fall Meeting concluded with 20 predictions for how changes in the market, the industry and the world will reshape the location and design of master planned communities.
There are misperceptions about what conservation development is and what it is not. Excerpts from a new book explain what it is not.
Once an anomaly, communities like Prairie Crossing—a masterplanned conservation community outside Chicago that combines responsible development, extensive open-space preservation, environmental restoration, and organic agriculture—are becoming much more common across America.
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