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  • 04-02-15

    ULI Report: Houston’s NRG Astrodome “Can and Should Live On”

    Houston’s iconic NRG Astrodome “can and should live on” as a multiuse park, according to a report released by ULI. The Harris County Commissioners Court, the county’s governing body, has approved the proposal and referred it to the county’s Sports and Convention Corp.

  • 04-01-15

    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.

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  • 03-30-15

    Creating the Leading Urban Think Tank in the Sun Belt

    Last fall, William Fulton, a former mayor and planner by training, left Southern California to take a new position at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University in Houston. Leveraging Rice’s strengths in computer science, architecture, civil engineering, and other disciplines, Fulton hopes to establish the leading urban think tank in the Sun Belt.

  • 03-30-15

    U.S. Office Occupancy at Seven-Year High

    According to a new report from CBRE Research, annual tenant demand, as measured by net absorption, totaled 52.7 million square feet (4.9 million sq m) in 2014—the highest annual amount since 2007.

  • 03-30-15

    Biotech Industry Drives Life Science REITs

    Fueled by strong expansion among life science companies, the two major pure-play life science real estate investment trusts (REITs) are expanding their portfolios through both acquisitions and new development, with earnings that reflect the benefits of this growth. Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.

  • 03-26-15

    13 Urban Trends to Watch

    In an excerpt from his new book, Urban Real Estate Investment: A New Era of Opportunity, Henry Cisneros making the case for the forces of change that will create a new urban reality.

  • 03-26-15

    Moscow Reconnects with Its River

    The Crimean Embankment, a 4.5-acre (1.8 ha) site, was fully pedestrianized just over a year ago. Not long ago, this sort of public space was hard to imagine anywhere in Moscow. Mayor Sergei Sobyanin is intent on changing this—and making over this 0.6-mile (1 km) stretch of riverfront is just the beginning.

  • 03-26-15

    The Growing Separation of People and Jobs in Metropolitan America

    Between 2000 and 2012, the number of jobs within the typical commute distance for residents in a major metro area fell by 7 percent, according to new research by the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program.

  • 03-23-15

    Slow Housing Construction Activity and Exports Pull Down Timber REITs

    News of plunging February housing starts in the United States prompts a look at timber real estate investment trusts (REITs). Timber REIT performance is closely tied to timber production and prices, as well as to construction and exports. Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.

  • 03-23-15

    Report Estimates Sprawl’s Cost to United States at $1 Trillion per Year

    Urban sprawl costs the U.S. economy more than $1 trillion annually, according to a new study by the New Climate Economy, a global commission on the economy and climate.