Sam Newberg is an urbanist, real estate consultant, writer, and founder and president of Joe Urban, Inc., based in Minneapolis.
When it comes to creating more density in the suburbs—especially in today’s difficult development environment—the greatest opportunity lies in the fact that the time is ripe for innovative solutions.
In Austin, Texas, an enclosed mall is being taken over by Austin Community College, with a developer partner proposing to develop a mix of housing, office, and retail on surrounding parking lots.
At ULI’s recent 2011 Fall Meeting, one panel offers considerable development, design, and practical advice for those considering developing an urban grocery store as part of a mixed-use project.
Numerous prognosticators and long-range forecasts are citing demographic changes as well as a shift in consumer preferences as the reasons behind increased demand for urban living in the coming years.
The current office market recovery is being led by energy, technology, and financial services—but shifts in how people work could mean that some sectors of the office market will never recover.