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    February

  • 02-06-15

    Finding Funding for Much-Needed Infrastructure Improvements

    As part of the proposed budget, President Obama is again saying that now is the time to invest in U.S. infrastructure, calling for $478 billion in additional spending. But the development of alternative financing has recently gained some momentum.

  • 02-02-15

    ULI Houston Announces 2015 Development of Distinction Award Winners

    The Houston district council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) has announced its 2015 Development of Distinction Awards, including Bethel Church Park, Lee Davis Library at San Jacinto College, and Midway Company’s Braeburn Village.

  • 02-02-15

    Can Melbourne Lower Its Average Temperature by 7 Degrees?

    Six years after a deadly heat wave, Melbourne has adopted climate-change policies which include an initiative to do what might seem impossible: to reduce the central city’s average temperature by 7 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius) by 2030.

  • 02-02-15

    Ten Principles for Urban Regeneration: Making Shanghai a Better City

    Establishing a long-term vision, conserving the city’s cultural heritage, optimizing land use, and integrating economic development are among some of the recommendations in a Urban Land Institute report on the future urban regeneration of Shanghai.

  • January

  • 01-29-15

    Visions of a New Life for Houston’s Historic Astrodome

    A ULI Advisory Services panel recommends ways to create a popular, green, indoor/outdoor space as an alternative to demolition.

  • 01-28-15

    At IBS, Boomers Are Buying, Multifamily Still Booming

    The most important trend at this year’s International Builder Show is that the market for new-construction single-family homes in the United States is recovering, but it is still very far fully recovered.

  • 01-26-15

    Will Cutting FHA Premiums Boost Homeownership?

    The big housing news of 2015 so far has been the Obama administration’s announcement that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will reduce the annual premiums new borrowers pay for FHA-insured home mortgage loans by 50 basis points—a half percentage point. But what impact will that have on affordability?

  • 01-23-15

    Florida’s Economy Has Rebounded from Its Downward Slide

    Ferris wheels, roller coasters, and the Florida economy—they are all famous for their ups and downs.

  • 01-23-15

    Universal Structures as Long-Term Sustainable Assets

    A Boston convention authority develops universally adaptable structures as long-term assets that can transition from parking to retail, office, hotel, housing, and entertainment uses.

  • 01-23-15

    In 13 States, Land Banks Stabilizing Weakened Municipalities

    From 1971 to 2008, only five states passed legislation enabling land banks; but in the last six years, another eight have done so. As vacancies and blight have plagued parts of the United States still recovering from recession and the mortgage foreclosure crisis, so too has land banking grown. There are now some 120 land banks and land-banking programs in 13 states, with West Virginia joining the list in 2014.