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  • 08-18-14

    In Print: Land in Conflict: Managing and Resolving Land Use Disputes

    Worthy land development projects can be torpedoed during contentious public hearings. The authors of this book argue that supplementing the standard public hearing process with consensus building can turn opposing stakeholders into problem solvers, generating better projects with wider public support.

  • 08-18-14

    Monday’s Numbers: August 18, 2014

    The Trepp survey for the week ending August 8, 2014, showed average spreads continuing to widen. The implied rate for ten-year, modestly leveraged commercial real estate mortgages increased to 3.85 percent, down 79 basis points this year.

  • 08-18-14

    Going to the Dogs: Profitable Pet-Friendly Amenities

    With pet-grooming stations, rooftop dog walks–and a premium on the rent–developers are catering more to their pet-loving clientele.

  • 08-13-14

    Fee-Simple Small Lots Yield Urbane Density

    A Los Angeles developer and architect use a new small-lot ordinance to build single-family houses at a garden-apartment type of density.

  • 08-11-14

    Monday’s Numbers: August 11, 2014

    The conventional wisdom is that the Fed will allow interest rates to begin to increase later in the year. If that’s the case, why are ten-year U.S. Treasuries declining, reaching an intraday low of 2.35 percent, a rate not seen since last June?

  • 08-11-14

    McGraw Hill and AIA Report on Design-Health Link in Industry

    ULI recently supported an effort by the American Institute of Architects and McGraw Hill Construction to take the pulse of key stakeholders that have the ability to influence healthy design, construction, and operation of buildings.

  • 08-11-14

    As Traditional Golf Courses Fade, Hybrids Like Topgolf Tee Up

    Hybrid offerings like Topgolf International are combining elements of traditional driving ranges and miniature golf with corporate events, food service and other amenities.

  • 08-11-14

    Euro Crisis Is Largely “History,” Confidence Returning, Says Economist

    The systemic euro crisis is “history,” Berenberg Bank chief economist Holger Schmieding proclaimed last month in his keynote address at ULI’s Real Estate Trends Conference in London.

  • 08-11-14

    America’s Happiest Cities: What Makes a City a “Happier” Place?

    Researchers found that residents of coastal Virginia appear to be some of the happiest people in the country, with Richmond-Petersburg, Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, and Washington, D.C., ranking as the top three happiest large cities (metropolitan areas of at least 1 million residents). Charlottesville, Virginia, ranks as the overall happiest metropolitan area.

  • 08-07-14

    In Building Size and Age, Variety Yields Vibrancy

    Neighborhoods with small-scale historic buildings can be economic and cultural powerhouses when given a chance to survive and evolve.