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  • 05-19-16

    Portrait of the Artist as Community Developer: Theaster Gates and Chicago’s South Side

    Chicago-based Theaster Gates may be the only artist in the United States merging the roles of artist and real estate developer. A celebrated and commercially successful multimedia artist who has exhibited work in museums and galleries around the world, Gates has transformed blocks of his South Side neighborhood through key investments in housing and unique community assets that provide residents with outlets for expression while preserving local culture before it disappears.

  • 05-19-16

    In Print: Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism

    In this 2014 book, now available in paperback, transit advocate Benjamin Ross highlights some of the origins of suburban sprawl in the United States.

  • 05-17-16

    Investors Willing to Fill the Void for Spending on Infrastructure, Energy

    Panelists at the recent ULI Japan Conference in Tokyo said that even a mature market such as Japan offers significant opportunities, due to a program of public/private partnerships designed to ease the burden on the state, but a $1 trillion “infrastructure gap” exists worldwide.

  • 05-16-16

    Boosting Innovation and Density Is the Future for Japan’s Cities

    Mitigating the population issues facing Japan, and further developing its cities to meet the demands of the future, were discussed by panelists at the recent ULI Japan Spring Conference in Tokyo. Takeshi Natsuno, professor at the Keio University school of media and governance, said Japan’s government should cease spending in areas without a certain density of population.

  • 05-16-16

    Health Care REITs Outperform Despite a Murky Horizon

    Implementation of the Affordable Care Act has driven both health care–related job growth and demand for real estate in the United States. But health care REITs are not immune from external market challenges, and they have thrived in the current low interest rate environment. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

  • 05-16-16

    Japan Copes with Shifting Demands in Tourism

    Japan welcomed just under 20 million visitors last year and is targeting 40 million arrivals by 2020, the year Tokyo holds the Summer Olympics. ULI members attending the event at the Tokyo Midtown conference center heard that the Japanese government is having trouble keeping up with the pace of change in the tourism industry. For example, due to licensing requirements, 99 percent of Airbnb apartment owners in Japan are breaking the law.

  • 05-13-16

    How Cities, Property Owners Are Integrating Wi-Fi, Charging Stations

    Free public wi-fi and charging stations are being deployed through outdoor public furniture and fixtures—benches, shelters, streetlight poles, trash cans, and other common features.

  • 05-13-16

    Even in Affordable U.S. Cities, Energy Adds to Cost of Housing

    Improving energy efficiency in low-income households could create a ripple effect of health, economic, and environmental benefits for individuals, families, and communities, says a new report on low-income households in 48 of the largest U.S. cities.

  • 05-13-16

    Video: Vanguard CEO F. William McNabb III on Cybersecurity and Systemic Risk

    Speaking at the ULI Spring Meeting in Philadelphia, William McNabb, chairman and CEO of Vanguard, shares his thoughts on systemic risk for financial institutions, two-factor authentication, and what keeps him up at night.

  • 05-12-16

    White House, New ULI Website Spotlight Building for Resilience

    The White House Conference on Resilient Building Codes, held recently in Washington, D.C., is expected to raise awareness of the critical need for building codes to encourage urban development that is more resilient to the impacts of climate change. The event featured a discussion by Obama administration officials and public and private sector representatives of the key role of building codes in furthering community resilience.