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  • 07-20-15

    From Clicks to Bricks: L.L.Bean’s Embrace of Omnichannel Retail

    Not long ago, it seemed as if e-commerce would make brick-and-mortar retail as obsolete as rotary telephones. Instead, catalog and web retailer L.L.Bean is leading a wave of businesses that are building physical storefronts to drive their online trade.

  • 07-20-15

    The Twin Cities’ Affordable Appeal Is Increasingly at Risk

    Population growth and a market playing catch-up to meet pent-up demand threaten the region’s affordability, according to a panel of mayors from the Twin Cities that kicked off the 2015 ULI Housing Opportunity Conference in Minneapolis.

  • 07-20-15

    Designing for Dignity: Viewing Design as a Social Tool

    Designing more human-centered communities requires “moving beyond intentions of what we hope to create to finding ways to actually engage with people [in order] to get there,” said designer and architect Liz Ogbu, speaking at ULI’s Housing Opportunity Conference in Minneapolis last week.

  • 07-20-15

    Cisneros: Change Is the Constant in Urban Revitalization

    For the first time in history, more people are living in urban centers than in rural areas. “It is an amazing thing that is happening around the world,” said Henry G. Cisneros, founder and chairman of CityView, a developer and investment management firm focused on urban residential real estate in the western United States. The former secretary of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said, “The jury is still out on how this plays [out], but we do know where people are going to be. They are going to be in these urban settings, and they are going to be very powerful places.”

  • 07-17-15

    Video: Can Redesigned Corner Stores Make Us Crave Healthier Foods

    Healthy Retail SF is a program designed to help retailers in high-poverty neighborhoods in the Bay Area transform their markets into places that offer a variety of affordable and healthy food options.

  • 07-15-15

    New Keys for Modern Master-Planned Communities

    Convenience, authenticity, and connectivity were attributes that experts used to characterize trends in master-planned communities during a panel discussion titled “New Dimensions in Master Planning” at the National Association of Real Estate Editors’ recent annual conference in Miami. During the session, panelists tackled questions of how people will work in the future, changing attitudes and processes regarding land planning, and whether or not golf is still part of the resort picture.

  • 07-15-15

    Big City Dreaming: The Sometimes Mixed Results of Mixed Use

    In an opinion piece for Urban Land Online, ULI Foundation Governor and developer John McNellis argues that mandating mixed use is not the best way to incentivize development.

  • 07-14-15

    Understanding the Role of Health Impact Assessments

    Health is emerging as a significant aspect of this Real estate developers’ work. Projects that advance health may also have a market advantage, and one method of determining health impacts is by conducting a health impact assessment (HIA).

  • 07-13-15

    U.S. REITs Feeling Effects from Turmoil in Greece and China

    International economic forces have taken center stage this week, affecting both U.S. stock markets and real estate investment trusts. The crash in the Chinese stock market and ongoing concerns about the future of Greece in the Eurozone drove markets down during the first half of the week, with REITs faring better than the overall market. Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.

  • 07-13-15

    In Print: Public Produce: Cultivating Our Parks, Plazas, and Streets for Healthier Cities

    This brief tome, a revised edition of a book by the same title published in 2009, trumpets the cause of edible cities with new examples of the growing international movement bent on ensuring the basic human right to a healthy daily diet, while also returning to food sources that are both local and affordable.