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  • 09-22-14

    Monday’s Numbers: September 22, 2014

    The Trepp survey for the week ending September 12 showed average spreads coming in about 5 basis points. The implied rate for ten-year, modestly leveraged commercial real estate mortgages was 4.0 percent, 64 basis points lower than year-end 2013. It remains a great time to be a borrower.

  • 09-22-14

    China’s Pearl River Delta: Tying 11 Cities into a Megaregion

    On China’s southern coast, the integration of the Greater Pearl River Delta links nine cities, plus the special administrative zones of Hong Kong and Macau, to create an urban area of 21,100 square miles (55,000 sq km) and a population of up to 80 million.

  • 09-22-14

    New HUD Competition Will Reward Resilience, Not Just Recovery

    A new competition for U.S. federal disaster relief funds will reward forward-thinking proposals that build resilience within communities, rather than those that rebuild in the same places using outdated methods, said HUD’s Harriet Tregoning, speaking at a ULI event.

  • 09-18-14

    New York City and D.C. Doubled Biking Rates in Just Four Years

    For the first and second U.S. cities to start building networks of modern protected bike lanes, the payoff seems to have arrived. In both Washington, D.C., and New York City, the rate of bike commuting has doubled since 2009, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released Thursday.

  • 09-18-14

    The Human and Social Dimensions of Resilience

    In the panel titled “The Human and Social Dimensions of Resilience,” Jonathan Rose, president of the Jonathan Rose Companies, led a discussion with prominent writer and environmentalist Paul Hawken and renowned landscape architect Peter Calthorpe of Calthorpe Associates.

  • 09-17-14

    Five Urban Farms That Are Growing Big

    As technology progresses and business models are refined, entrepreneurs around the world are exploring different ways to grow food in urban areas.

  • 09-17-14

    Saving the Future: China, the U.S., and a Historic Shift

    Whereas China’s pollution problems are well publicized, less noticed has been how seriously the Chinese government is pursuing solutions.

  • 09-17-14

    The Lowline: A Park Beneath the Hustle and Bustle of New York

    Dan Barasch is the co-founder and executive director of the Lowline, a proposed park beneath the streets of New York City—in the old Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal. In use from 1908 to 1948, the terminal is long abandoned. The Lowline will be a one-acre park in a neighborhood where green space is hard to come by.

  • 09-15-14

    Monday’s Numbers: September 15, 2014

    The Trepp survey for the week ending September 5, 2014, again showed average spreads literally unchanged as the markets got back after the three-day holiday weekend, rested and ready to take on the world’s challenges. If you are planning financing and/or refinancing this year, now is the time to put the pedal to the floor.

  • 09-15-14

    In Europe, Taking Smart Cities to the People

    Data from “Smart Citizen” trials can guide government decisions on carbon, resources, planning, and resilience.