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  • 04-30-15

    ULI Case Study: BG Group Place, Houston, Texas

    Hines is known for developing iconic buildings in Houston—notably One Shell Plaza, Pennzoil Place, and the Houston Galleria—and around the world. But when the company first proposed developing a new office building on a blighted block in downtown Houston, many in the Houston real estate community scratched their heads.

  • 04-29-15

    Making Sports-Oriented Mixed Use Work

    The successful development of the Arena District in Columbus, Ohio, set into motion a nationwide flurry of development of urban sports-oriented entertainment districts, as municipal officials across the country reimagined their city centers as places where people live, work, and play.

  • 04-27-15

    Gateway Houston: Attracting Immigrants, Global Trade, and Investors

    Last year, veteran Texas homebuilder Jim Lemming decided to construct houses to meet the prevailing tastes and lifestyles of Houston’s growing southwest suburbs. That meant building houses with prayer rooms, Islamic-style arches, domed roofs, and extra master bedroom suites to accommodate multigenerational households.

  • 04-27-15

    Demand from Tech Tenants Continues to Propel Office Markets

    Strong demand from technology, advertising, media, and information tenants, combined with limited new office supply, has allowed for healthy rent growth. The office sector’s 2.89 percent dividend yield is below average for equity REITs, but in the current low-interest-rate environment, it is attractive compared with other investment options. Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.

  • 04-27-15

    Bringing Healthy Living to Sun Belt Cities

    No city in the United States is probably less likely to be the poster child for healthy living through physical activity than Houston. Yet things are changing, and these changes are making Houston a great laboratory that will help us figure out whether it is possible to change real estate development patterns in the Sun Belt in a way that increases physical activity and therefore improves public health.

  • 04-24-15

    ULI Case Study: CityCentre in Houston

    A mixed-use urban district in the Houston suburbs has created a much-needed pedestrian-friendly setting for office tenants, apartment dwellers, hotel guests, and retail/restaurant patrons.

  • 04-24-15

    Six Innovative Designs Leading a Resurgence of Libraries

    The American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association have selected six recipients to receive the 2015 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards, including the new Cedar Rapids Public Library, designed by OPN Architects.

  • 04-23-15

    Downtowns Rank Highly on AARP’s New Livability Index

    Mifflin West of Madison, Wisconsin, was named America’s most livable neighborhood in AARP’s Livability index, followed by the Upper West Side of New York and Boston’s Downtown Crossing.

  • 04-20-15

    A. Alfred Taubman, 91, Has Passed

    Longtime Urban Land Institute leader A. Alfred Taubman passed away following a heart attack. He was 91. Taubman, a real estate industry icon who pioneered the development of enclosed shopping malls, had been a ULI Foundation governor since 1985. He served as a trustee from 1980 through 1992, and was a member of the ULI Advisory Services committee from 1995 to 1996.

  • 04-20-15

    The City with (Almost) No Limits

    As the only major U.S. city without formal zoning, Houston has a reputation as a freewheeling place where anything goes. But in truth, a complex patchwork of public and private regulation has evolved to impose order.