Author: Julie Stern

Julie D. Stern is a Falls Church, Virginia–based freelance writer and editor, as well as a former senior editor of Urban Land magazine.

Articles by Julie Stern

  • Planning for a Generation that Thinks Outside of the House
    Published on July 11, 2012 in Mixed-Use
    Generation Y and Boomers are both challenging assumptions about the primacy of suburban homeownership. More than ever, renters and homebuyers are focusing on a sense of place and amenities rather than on the size of their homes.
  • Solo Cities: How “Living Alone” Is Changing Urban America
    Published on June 28, 2012 in Residential
    Far from being loners, singles in the city are creating connections—and vitality—says Eric Klinenberg, author of Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone.
  • Housing Demand: What Will a Comeback Look Like?
    Published on June 22, 2012 in Residential
    With the number of household formations tapering off significantly in the past few years, dismal job growth, tight credit standards, low housing prices (which have yet to rebound in most of the nation), and lots of policy uncertainties, future demand also looks rather dismal, said David Crowe, chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders, at a ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing forum on June 21.
  • Data Center Opportunities
    Published on February 29, 2012 in Industrial
    The government’s data center consolidation efforts, cloud computing initiative, and budget constraints are creating opportunities for private data centers, attendees at one Bisnow Media event learned.
  • Leveraging Transit to Remake Suburbia
    Published on December 15, 2011 in Infrastructure
    A long-term vision, collaboration, and innovation were key themes in ULI’s recent “Retooling Places and Leveraging Transit: Overcoming Funding and Coordination Challenges to Build a Better Region” forum.
  • Timeline—Overview of 75 Years in ULI History
    Published on December 13, 2011 in ULI Day, December 14, 2011
    Read about ULI from the 1930s—when a fledgling ULI emerged as an independent organization designed to help U.S. land developers—a place where practical knowledge is gathered, shared, and expanded even today—to the 2010s—when ULI kicked off a yearlong celebration of its 75th anniversary at the Institute’s annual Fall Meeting and Urban Land Expo at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
  • Greening the Police Station
    Published on October 06, 2011 in Sustainability
    As city governments seek to improve the sustainability of their buildings—while also cutting operating costs—they are increasingly exploring the benefits of green civic structures. Read about the city of Henderson, Nevada’s experience with its North Community Police Station, which offers valuable lessons for other cities while also highlighting some important benefits of a green police station.
  • Flexibility Key to Office of the Future
    Published on August 17, 2011 in Office
    As new technologies are creating new models of how and where people work, office developers must adapt to these changes in order to provide affordable, sustainable, and appealing workplaces for the future. At a Bisnow Media event in D.C. on June 30, panels of developers, office product providers, and office users discussed how offices are changing—and how they must continue to evolve.
  • Data Centers Consolidating, Booming
    Published on August 10, 2011 in Development
    On July 20—the same day the federal government announced its plans to close 40 percent of its data centers—panelists at a “Data Center Boom” event agreed that new data center development is booming. Read how the rapid shift to virtualization technology and cloud computing is spurring the government’s data center consolidation while also driving demand for new data centers and storage facilities.
  • Taking Sustainability to the Next Level
    Published on November 18, 2010 in Sustainability
    Several hundred real estate professionals recently gathered at a Sustainability Summit in Washington, D.C., to hear Washington-area experts discuss the current and future status of sustainable development. Read what the experts had to say about where we’ve come, where the future is with USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system and the current rollout of LEED 2012 for its first public comment process.
  • Cross-Sector Partnerships for Equitable TOD
    Published on November 18, 2010 in Infrastructure
    Recently, more than 30 representatives of advocacy groups, foundations, government, transit providers, and private sector developers from Atlanta’s BeltLine, Denver’s West Corridor, the Minneapolis–St. Paul Central Corridor, and Seattle’s Central Link came together at ULI headquarters for a forum, Promoting Cross-Sector Partnerships for Equitable TOD. Forum representation was drawn. Read about the lessons learned from these four emerging transit corridor projects.
  • Entrepreneurial Infill Development Strategies
    Published on October 22, 2010 in Development
    Most cities and jurisdictions are not sustained by large catalytic redevelopments. On the contrary, they are typically built “block by block, or even lock by lock,” by small to medium-sized development businesses accomplishing significant infill developments that contribute to the urban environment. Read about the examples of successful infill projects presented by the panelists at the ULI 2010 Fall Meeting session entitled, “Entrepreneurial Development Strategies for Targeted Infill.”
  • Resorts 2.0: The New Normal
    Published on October 21, 2010 in
    How are resort operators and developers rethinking the world of leisure? Who will be buying second homes in the coming years? What impacts will changing consumer behaviors, demographic, new technologies, and a recovering economy have on future resort projects? When moderator Toni Alexander, president and creative director of Newport Beach, California–based InterCommunications, Inc., asked five industry experts to respond to these questions at a session, the result was a lively and insightful discussion.
  • Leading in Uncertain Times
    Published on October 19, 2010 in Market Trends
    Three of four CEOs of prominent U.S. and global real estate companies reconvened at ULI’s 2010 Fall Meeting to discuss how, in light of the past two years and the worst real estate market downturn in memory, their companies were affected by the volatility of the recent market, what they see for the future market, and the underlying economy. The ensuing discussion highlighted some differences among these leaders’ strategies and offered some valuable advice.
  • Renewed Retail Opportunities
    Published on October 18, 2010 in Development
    At a time when new development is not an option for most retail developers, repositioning existing properties in ways that increase their value can be a viable alternative. Read about successful strategies from a panel of industry experts at ULI’s 2010 Fall Meeting session, entitled, "Renewed Retail Opportunities."
  • Staying Power
    Published on October 01, 2010 in Development
    The JBG companies got their start in 1960 by law partners who realized they were doing more real estate work than law. For five decades the firm has been willing to challenge the status quo, as when they resisted the 1990’s trend toward becoming a real estate investment trust (REIT). Today it is almost impossible to walk around urban Washington, D.C.— particularly the areas surrounding Metrorail stations—without seeing the firm’s familiar lion’s-head logo.