Author: Elizabeth Razzi

Elizabeth Razzi is Editor in Chief of Urban Land. She has been a writer and editor for The Washington Post, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, and other publications. She can be reached at Elizabeth.Razzi@ULI.org.

Articles by Elizabeth Razzi

  • Waterfronts, Resilience—and a New York Preview
    Published on September 15, 2014 in Market Trends
    Perhaps you’ve noticed that this issue of Urban Land arrived in your mailbox a little bit earlier than usual.
  • Beyond Golf and Water Aerobics
    Published on July 15, 2014 in News
    One of my many fond memories of my grand­father is of him, in his late 80s, protecting my cousin, Kathleen, by killing a garden snake that he thought was threatening her.
  • 40 Under 40: Whom Will You Nominate?
    Published on May 20, 2014 in Market Trends
    Join Urban Land magazine in identifying the top 40 young professionals from around the globe.
  • Design, Finance, Flexibility–and Last Call
    Published on May 15, 2014 in Market Trends
    This Issue
  • Far Flung and Home Grown
    Published on May 01, 2014 in Market Trends
    It is fitting that, as ULI prepares for the first time to venture outside the United States to hold one of its major annual gatherings—the Spring Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, beginning April 8—this issue of Urban Land has a thoroughly global streak.
  • Making Public Spaces Work Overtime
    Published on April 16, 2014 in Planning & Design
    As people increasingly embrace the idea of trading sprawl and traffic congestion for life in high-density communities, demand is growing for well-planned public spaces, including community gardens, pocket parks, rooftop gardens, and reclaimed industrial land.
  • Hollywood North
    Published on April 07, 2014 in Market Trends
    You never know who—or what—­Vancouver’s film, television, and video game industries will bring to town.
  • Looking Ahead to 2014
    Published on December 15, 2013 in Sustainability
    Resorts may be where we go to recover from the stresses of daily life, but the industry itself was in need of some TLC in recent years.
  • Expo Astana 2017
    Published on December 09, 2013 in Planning & Design
    Expo 2017, planned for Astana, Kazakhstan, and designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, may give the world an expo village that rates triple net zero.
  • Urban Land’s Debut on Your Mobile Device
    Published on November 21, 2013 in Market Trends
    We are particularly excited to present this issue of Urban Land. It is the first available to readers through an app on their iPad, iPhone, Android, or other mobile device—with the same layout, photography, and features offered in the printed version you hold in your hands.
  • Sam Zell on Risk, Margin, and Mentors
    Published on November 07, 2013 in Capital Markets
    Defining risk—understanding and defining the downside of any investment—is the key to succeeding as a real estate entrepreneur, Sam Zell, founder of Equity Group Investments and chairman of Equity International, told attendees at the ULI Fall Meeting in Chicago.
  • Water and Concrete: Looking at Chicago’s Aqua Tower
    Published on October 25, 2013 in Planning & Design
    Chicago's Aqua Tower is an 82-story concrete structure with more than 1.9 million square feet (176,500 sq m); tenth-tallest building in Chicago. Rated LEED-NC (for new construction) under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program of the U.S. Green Building Council. Construction cost is estimated at $300 million per GreenSource magazine.
  • Site Visit
    Published on October 25, 2013 in Fall Meeting
    A visual guide to some of the Chicago locations mentioned in Urban Land Fall magazine.
  • Tacking the Legacy of Foreclosure
    Published on October 21, 2013 in Residential
    A new land bank in Cook County, Illinois, plans to get vacant foreclosed homes back to productive life.
  • Thinking Outside the Buildings
    Published on July 30, 2013 in Market Trends
    There is no lack of outdoor community festivals in the United States. Spring, summer, fall—and occasionally in winter—there is a cornucopia of arts fests, fringe festivals, beer festivals, county fairs, church picnics, and fire department bazaars, all of which help set the identity of that community.
  • Case Study: Shanghai Tower
    Published on July 02, 2013 in Planning & Design
    Set to open in July 2013 at 2,074 feet (632 m), Shanghai Tower will be the tallest building in China and second tallest in the world. With nine zones, each comprising 12 to 15 stories and dedicated to retail, office, hotel, and observation/cultural facility uses, the building will be a self-contained city, says Dan Winey, regional managing principal for Gensler.
  • Serendipity
    Published on May 15, 2013 in Mixed-Use
    When we talk about mixed-use development, we don’t typically have in mind a compound featuring bail bondsmen, pawn shops, and garages that specialize in muffler repair.
  • Case Study: San Diego Central Library
    Published on April 12, 2013 in Planning & Design
    Funded by the California State Library, Centre City Development, the San Diego Unified School District, and private donors the nine-story library will feature a 350-seat auditorium, three-story domed reading room, 400-seat multipurpose room, and underground parking for 250 vehicles. The sixth and seventh floors will be used as a charter high school, with its own ground-level entrance and lobby, elevators, and stairwell.
  • From Towpath to Tomorrow
    Published on March 15, 2013 in Infrastructure
    As I was working on this issue of the magazine, my mind often wandered to thoughts of the Industrial Revolution—what it must have been like to live through the transition from societies that tended farms and crafted harvests into marketable goods to a life based on hourly wages, factories, and mills—and to progress.
  • Warming Up to Risk
    Published on February 22, 2013 in Sustainability
    We look at risk in its many forms, whether it comes from financial markets, government policies, severe weather, changing consumer demand—or the unseen threat that creeps up while you’re planning for one of those challenges. Resilience is a competitive ­advantage—it’s the new, improved atmosphere that replaces a fallen sky.
  • It’s Just a Game—with Real-City Issues
    Published on February 14, 2013 in Planning & Design
    The designer of the new SimCity offers gamers the world.
  • ULI Foundation: Outcome-Oriented Philanthropy
    Published on February 11, 2013 in Market Trends
    To James J. Curtis III, chairman of the ULI Foundation (ULIF), the fundamental purpose of the Urban Land Institute is a lofty one: to help people live better lives by building a better world for them.
  • Connecting the Dots
    Published on December 19, 2012 in Market Trends
    We chose the theme of this issue, Connect, about a year ago, with no way of knowing how relevant it would be in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which demonstrated vividly how much connection matters.
  • Adaptability—and Sustainability—Are Keys to Coping with the New Economy
    Published on November 02, 2012 in Fall Meeting
    How best to adapt to a fast-changing, tech-enabled world? Government and private-sector leaders point to sustainability, education—and keeping an eye on what people are eagerly sharing rather than buying.
  • U.S. Mayors/Rose Fellows Outline Plans for Their Cities’ Transformations
    Published on October 24, 2012 in Fall Meeting
    Seven big-city mayors, all fellows of the ULI Rose Center for Public Leadership, outline plans to revitalize areas of their cities.
  • Imagining Children at Play in the Streets of the New American City
    Published on October 17, 2012 in Fall Meeting
    Imagine a new city as if you had a magic wand and could create a place that makes its residents happy, Enrique Penalosa, president of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, challenged ULI members attending the Fall Meeting in Denver Oct. 17.
  • San Francisco Named Top City in 2013 Real Estate Forecast
    Published on October 17, 2012 in Fall Meeting
    The real estate recovery will continue in 2013 as modest gains in leasing, rents, and pricing will extend across U.S. markets and improve prospects for all property sectors.
  • Transportation and Globalism
    Published on September 05, 2012 in Infrastructure
    A review of this issue of Urban Land brings two themes to mind: transportation and globalism. They are intimately intertwined, of course, with advances in transportation—along with the internet—enabling today’s global economy.
  • Duke Energy CEO Talks Conservation with ULI Members
    Published on June 14, 2012 in Sustainability
    There are not enough people with long-term vision, particularly when it comes to investments that can significantly reduce energy use, Duke Energy Chief Executive Officer James E. Rogers said in his keynote address at the ULI Spring Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, in May.
  • Bringing Human Scale to China’s Cities
    Published on June 13, 2012 in Public Spaces
    Peter Calthorpe, a ULI J.C. Nichols Award laureate, promotes breaking down the Asian phenomenon of superblocks—massive residential complexes that leave long stretches between intersections, isolating people and frustrating pedestrians.
  • Investment, Development Potential of China’s Inland Cities Is Rising
    Published on June 03, 2012 in Development
    China’s emerging inland cities such as Chengdu, Wuhan, Xi’an, and Changsha are gaining attention for real estate investment and development opportunities, a trend that suggests a pullback from some of China’s mature coastal markets that are perceived as overbuilt, according to a report released by ULI at its inaugural Asia Pacific Summit in Beijing in May.
  • High-Performance Workplaces
    Published on June 01, 2012 in Industry Sectors
    On any given morning, will your workplace be unreachable because a power failure rendered the doorway security system inoperable?
  • Living Cities
    Published on April 16, 2012 in Spring Meeting
  • ULI Trustee C.Y. Leung chosen to lead Hong Kong
    Published on March 26, 2012 in Development
    ULI Trustee and Founding Chairman of ULI Asia-Pacific, C. Y. Leung, has been selected as Hong Kong’s next chief executive.
  • A Merger of Cultures
    Published on March 23, 2012 in Planning & Design
    A “coincidence of destiny” links His Highness the Aga Khan with J.C. Nichols, one of ULI’s founders. An unexpected connection was discovered recently among a cathedral in Seville, Spain; a tower in Kansas City; and an etching in the glass award bestowed with the ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development.
  • ULI Panel Analyzes Scenarios for the Only Washington, D.C., Building Designed by Mies van der Rohe
    Published on March 16, 2012 in Development
    A ULI panel assessed options for the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library in Washington, D.C., including adding stories and leasing space to generate money for repairs, and selling the historic landmark.
  • Solar Decathlon Showcases Urbanism and Density
    Published on February 15, 2012 in Planning & Design
    “Overall, it’s interesting to see that a number of the student-designed houses are consciously transcending DOE’s constraints for the competition...[which] indicates that these students are interested in pursuing a deeper strategy of sustainability,” noted Uwe Brandes, an architect and urban planner who is ULI senior vice president of initiatives.
  • Change Agents
    Published on February 15, 2012 in Capital Markets
    When a new editor takes the helm of a publication, it is reasonable for readers to wonder what changes are in store.
  • Changing Partnerships: ULI Goes Global
    Published on December 13, 2011 in ULI Day, December 14, 2011
    "You have to look globally because the world has been globalizing over the last 20 years," says Richard M. Rosan, president of the ULI Foundation, which supports ULI through philanthropy. He also served as ULI’s chief executive for 17 years, during which he led the expansion abroad.
  • Leadership: Q&A with Smedes York
    Published on December 13, 2011 in ULI Day, December 14, 2011
    ULI trustee Smedes York served as chairman from 1989 to 1991. He is chairman of York Properties Inc. in Raleigh, North Carolina, and was mayor of that city from 1979 to 1983. Smedes is a second-generation ULI leader from the York family and here discusses the current economic and real estate markets, his experience, and his views for the future.
  • ULI’s Rose Center Addresses Fiscal Distress
    Published on December 02, 2011 in Development
    Local governments need to reevaluate their services—and identify other sources that could help provide them—in order to cope with ongoing fiscal distress, speakers at a recent roundtable say.
  • The Aga Khan Named 2011 Laureate of J.C. Nichols Prize
    Published on December 01, 2011 in Development
    His Highness the Aga Khan, leader of the nondenominational Aga Khan Development Network, has been named the 2011 laureate of the ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development.
  • Seniors Housing
    Published on November 30, 2011 in Fall Meeting
    It's what everone will need, eventually. But what makes some seniors' housing projects succeed? Panelists at ULI's Fall Meeting in Los Angeles revealed the key attributes.
  • Global City Ranking
    Published on November 30, 2011 in Fall Meeting
    New York continues to rank first among 35 top global cities ranked by the Mori Memorial Foundation in Japan, with London, Paris, Tokyo, and Singapore rounding out the top five.
  • Remain Wary, Especially of Leverage
    Published on November 23, 2011 in Capital Markets
    In a day that started with news of European leaders agreeing to a Greek-debt plan, and which would end with the Dow Industrial Index having surged 340 points, some of the industry’s top capital-market experts warned ULI 2011 Fall Meeting attendees to remain wary, especially of leverage. Read what panelists Simon Treacy, Michael G. McGaffrey, Kelvin Davis, Roy Hilton March, and Ron Sturzenegger had to say about capital markets.
  • Sovereign Debt
    Published on October 26, 2011 in Fall Meeting
    Uncertainty about the fate of the euro, and whether some of the continent’s weaker economies will be able to maintain it as their currency, is already an impediment to investment, said one panelist at a session on the implications of the debt crisis for Europe at ULI’s Fall Meeting. Read more to learn why the European sovereign debt problem is seen as being as serious as 2008’s financial crisis.
  • Solar-Home Competition Now Embraces Urban Needs
    Published on October 05, 2011 in Sustainability
    Notions of urbanism and density are creeping into the Solar Decathlon, a biennial solar-home competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. While many of the prototypes on display in late September in Washington, D.C., still had a suburban or rural live-off-the-grid purpose, some university groups have begun to design homes attuned to the needs of their schools’ urban settings.
  • Keeping Cities Going Despite the Financial Crisis
    Published on September 19, 2011 in Market Trends
    Local governments need to reevaluate the services they deliver to constituents to cope with ongoing fiscal distress, according to government and private sector leaders from the United States and Europe participating in a recent roundtable in Washington, D.C., that was sponsored by the German Marshall Fund and ULI’s Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use. Learn how governments are coping with the ongoing fiscal distress.