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  • 05-09-16

    Industry Outlook for Adaptive Use

    What are the best ways to transform older buildings to accommodate new uses? Experts in adaptive use discuss how they evaluate existing buildings, how to avoid common pitfalls, how to balance sustainability with preservation, and other trends.

  • 05-09-16

    ULX: 10 Industrial Structures Recast

    Ten relics of the industrial past find new life as modern offices. The following ten projects—all completed during the past five years—include a shoe-polish factory refitted as a social justice center and a broadcasting studio turned into a coworking facility.

  • 05-06-16

    In Print: Becoming Jane Jacobs

    Jane Jacobs, best known as the author of Death and Life of American Cities, would have celebrated her 100th birthday this year. A new biography, Becoming Jane Jacobs, by Clemson University professor Peter Laurence purports that the most venerated figure in urban planning today is also among the most underappreciated and misunderstood, even by her staunchest supporters.

  • 05-02-16

    Addressing Concerns over Demographic Changes, Restrictive Lending Environment at 2016 Butcher Forum

    What millennials will do once they marry and have children, a restrictive lending environment, and flat income growth were among the topics discussed at the third annual Butcher Forum, an invitation-only gathering in April of the top executives who represent the multifamily housing industry in the United States.

  • 05-02-16

    ULI Case Study: AF Bornot Dye Works—Philadelphia

    AF Bornot Dye Works is a loft apartment and retail project in central Philadelphia that involved the adaptive use and restoration of three timber and concrete factory buildings. The capital stack assembled for this project was unusually complex, partly because of its unusual mix of uses, its location outside the Center City core, and the challenges posed by historic rehabilitation.

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  • 04-29-16

    New Ways to Bring Healthier Food to Underserved Places

    Philadelphia is proud of its food culture and has a great restaurant scene in Center City. But outside the center, the city of 1.6 million has a 26 percent poverty rate and a need for affordable healthy food.

  • 04-29-16

    The Power of Crowdfunding in Real Estate

    Since Congress legalized crowdfunding for real estate projects in 2012, the internet-based financing source has grown dramatically, from $396.4 million in 2013 to $2.5 billion in 2015, according to the Los Angeles–based research and advisory firm Massolutions.

  • 04-29-16

    Emerging Urban Districts in Washington and Boston

    Everyone’s talking about “what’s next” in terms of emerging urban neighborhoods, where property values can surge very rapidly. But why do some districts emerge seemingly out of nowhere? How can developers and investors find the next one?

  • 04-29-16

    In an Industry Known for Long Timeframes, Working with the “Instant Gratification” Economy

    When Americans are increasingly growing accustomed to ordering paper towels on Amazon Prime instead of going to Costco and summoning Uber rides on their phones rather than hailing cabs, on-demand services and instant gratification are quickly becoming the new normal.

  • 04-29-16

    How Philadelphia’s Dynamic Neighborhoods Help Keep Talent and Prevent Brain Drain

    Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods—as are many other cities. But only Philadelphia can boast a human-scale walkable layout planned by William Penn more than three centuries ago.