Author: Kathleen McCormick

Kathleen McCormick, principal of Fountainhead Communications LLC in Boulder, Colorado, is a writer and editor focused on sustainable design and the environment.

Articles by Kathleen McCormick

  • Making the Investment Case for Smarter Urban Growth
    Published on November 22, 2016 in Sustainability
    Compact, well-connected urban development can create vibrant cities that are more competitive, inclusive, and resilient and that have lower carbon footprints.
  • Repurposing Two Former Downtown Industrial Sites
    Published on November 21, 2016 in Market Trends
    Two case studies on how obsolete industrial buildings have been redeveloped for a new life in the new economy—the focus of this 2016 ULI Fall Meeting session—offered lessons about capitalizing on site location, the buildings’ qualities, and the developers’ visions for creating dynamic mixed-use places that are profitable as well as mission driven.
  • Bringing Healthier Commercial Corridors to Four U.S. Cities
    Published on November 08, 2016 in Sustainability
    During a session at the ULI Fall Meeting last week, panelists involved in the ULI Healthy Corridors project discussed strategies for transforming unsafe, unattractive, and poorly connected commercial corridors into thriving places that further the goal of creating healthy and economically vibrant communities.
  • ULI Leaders Share Their Legacies and Origins
    Published on November 07, 2016 in Development
    In the ULI NEXT Global “Legacies and Leadership” session at the 2016 ULI Fall Meeting, three lions of the industry, all former ULI chairs, shared lessons learned from their careers in real estate—their inspirations, insights, challenges, and how their work has shaped their values and vision for the Institute’s future.
  • View from the Top: Branching Out from the Family Business
    Published on November 07, 2016 in Development
    At the 2016 ULI Fall Meeting in Dallas, the ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) presented a candid conversation with Lucy C. Billingsley, cofounder and partner of the Billingsley Company, an award-winning land development and property management firm based in Dallas with 3,200 acres (1,300 ha) of master-planned communities, as well as office parks and industrial and retail projects. The daughter of the legendary Trammell Crow, Billingsley has real estate in her DNA.
  • Optimism, Resilience Are Keys to Building Stronger Communities
    Published on November 07, 2016 in Development
    Optimism is “not something you do, but rather a spirit you bring to everything you do,” keynote speaker Steve Gross, a clinical social worker and founder of the Life is Good Kids Foundation, told ULI members at a 2016 ULI Fall Meeting general session. Gross, the foundation’s “chief playmaker,” shared his thoughts on optimism and offered practical advice for cultivating an optimistic and playful spirit, based on his work with children who have experienced traumas.
  • How TOD Is Fueling Growth in Southern Dallas
    Published on August 31, 2016 in Development
    Southern Dallas, which was physically and economically separated from downtown after the construction of Interstate 30 in the 1960s, is undergoing a renaissance focused on transit-oriented development.
  • New Ways to Bring Healthier Food to Underserved Places
    Published on April 29, 2016 in Sustainability
    Philadelphia is proud of its food culture and has a great restaurant scene in Center City. But outside the center, the city of 1.6 million has a 26 percent poverty rate and a need for affordable healthy food.
  • More Open Space, Walkability, and Multifamily Are Future of Suburbs
    Published on April 29, 2016 in Spring Meeting
    “Suburbs isn’t a dirty word,” declared Adam F. Ducker, RCLCO managing director and moderator of the “Next Stop Suburbs” session at the ULI Spring Meeting in Philadelphia.
  • Expansion of Bike Infrastructure Fuels Growth of Multimodal Transit
    Published on April 29, 2016 in Infrastructure
    The big picture in transportation and real estate trends is the growth of multiple transportation modes, shared uses of bikes and cars, and enormous expansions of bike infrastructure that are driving real estate investments and urban growth, according to experts who spoke at a 2016 ULI Spring Meeting session in Philadelphia recently.
  • Understanding Consumers: Spending without Owning, Living Large While Carrying Little
    Published on April 26, 2016 in Market Trends
    What consumers want is to “live large and carry little,” said generational marketing expert J. Walker Smith, executive chairman of the Futures Company, in a 2016 ULI Spring Meeting session moderated by ULI Global CEO Patrick L. Phillips.
  • Connecting Food and the Built Environment in New Orleans
    Published on March 16, 2016 in Sustainability
    A renewed focus on food is providing a bounty of innovations in real estate, attendees of the ULI Food and Real Estate Forum learned while sharing development experiences, with discussions including enhancing health, food security, and social equity.
  • Where Will U.S. Multifamily Go Next?
    Published on November 25, 2015 in Residential/Multifamily
    U.S. multifamily has been outperforming other sectors for much of the recession recovery period and enjoying unprecedented capital investment flows from around the globe.
  • A Healthier, More Connected Future for Underperforming Commercial Corridors
    Published on November 23, 2015 in Sustainability
    How can urban and suburban arterials be reenvisioned as healthy places, with more housing, better transportation options, appealing land use patterns, and reinvigorated retail centers?
  • Success Factors for Modern Master-Planned Communities
    Published on November 02, 2015 in Planning & Design
    What’s creative and different in modern master-planned communities (MPCs) was the focus of a ULI Fall Meeting panel that shared lessons learned from conception, launch, and execution of new MPCs. “We’re trying to create ‘the new real,’ ” said Susan Hebel Watts, vice president of real estate development for WestRock, which is building four MPCs outside of Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Creating a Culture of Safer and Healthier Environments
    Published on October 19, 2015 in Sustainability
    “It’s time to make a shift and recalibrate our choices to make the healthy choice the easy choice, and to make health the choice for a better America,” declared Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest foundation devoted to health, at the Changing World Speaker Series: Sustainability, Resilience, and Health during the 2015 ULI Fall Meeting in San Francisco.
  • Cottle Transit Village: Dense Mixed Use in San Jose
    Published on September 25, 2015 in Planning & Design
    Walkable streetscapes, housing, and other uses are coming to the sprawling Silicon Valley city.
  • Creating Healthier Food and Beverage Experiences in Retail
    Published on November 07, 2014 in Market Trends
    At the ULI Fall Meeting, panelists discussed the shifting role of food and beverage offerings at retail centers. With more and more purchases occurring online, panelists explained how food has emerged as the big draw from Australia to New York City.
  • Housing and Health: From Research to Real Deals
    Published on November 04, 2014 in Sustainability
    Panelists advocated for policies leading to healthier lives, built on a platform of affordable, green, and community-oriented housing at the 2014 ULI Fall Meeting in New York City.
  • MPCs Are Bouncing Back, Adding Health and a Sense of Place
    Published on November 04, 2014 in Market Trends
    Panelists at the ULI Fall Meeting session discussed what’s selling in master-planned communities and how to attract buyers with healthy and hip amenities that create a unique sense of character and place.
  • What’s Next for Multigenerational Housing and Intergenerational Communities?
    Published on September 02, 2014 in Development
    In spring 2013, the leadership of two ULI product councils—the Senior Housing Council and the Community Development Council—came together on the idea of exploring an issue that was becoming increasingly important among their council members: intergenerational living.
  • Building for the Generations
    Published on July 28, 2014 in Development
    In many--and sometimes surprising--ways, 55-and-older consumers are seeking the same housing amenities and lifestyles as their youngers.
  • Housing Helps Make Colorado One of the Healthiest States
    Published on June 02, 2014 in Sustainability
    Developers in Colorado—which has a statewide vacancy rate of just 4.5 percent—are responding to increased demands from millennials and baby boomers for housing focused on healthy and intergenerational living, said Patrick Coyle, director of the state’s housing division, at the closing general session of the ULI Housing Opportunity 2014 conference in Denver.
  • Affordable Housing as a Vaccine for Healthier Children
    Published on May 19, 2014 in Sustainability
    Medical professionals are now looking "upstream” to determine how to improve children’s health through housing, said speakers at the ULI Housing Opportunity conference.
  • Building Healthy Places: Doing Well and Good
    Published on November 15, 2013 in Sustainability
    At a panel at the ULI Fall Meeting in Chicago, Anne Warhover, president and chief executive officer of the Colorado Health Foundation (CHF), noted that 90 percent of overall health depends on factors other than healthcare, such as lifestyle choices, education, and income.
  • Making Healthy Places Happen
    Published on November 15, 2013 in Sustainability
    Making healthy places happen requires vision and commitment, according to a panel of ULI J.C. Nichols Prize laureates, who offered insight into the challenges of implementing a healthy living culture.
  • Healthier Work Environments Attracts Top Tenants, Talent
    Published on November 15, 2013 in Sustainability
    Workplaces exist for people and must evolve for them, said Robert Jernigan, principal and managing director for Gensler in Los Angeles, at a panel at the ULI Fall Meeting in Chicago.
  • Incorporating Healthy Practices into New Residential Development
    Published on November 15, 2013 in Sustainability
    Moderator Tim Sullivan, practice leader for Meyers Research LLC, a Kennedy Wilson Company, in Rancho Santa Fe, California, led a session at the ULI Fall Meeting in Chicago with these questions: What do healthy communities look like? What are the components? Can you build them from scratch?
  • P3 in the U.S.: Opportunities for Real Estate Developers
    Published on November 15, 2013 in Infrastructure
    How can governments better collaborate with private developers? As a real estate developer, what kinds of skills and strategies should you bring to P3? These were two of the primary questions addressed by a panel on public-private partnerships at the ULI Fall Meeting in Chicago.
  • Health in Rural Areas: Lamar, Colorado
    Published on August 12, 2013 in Sustainability
    A walk down Main Street in Lamar with a late winter storm blowing in tells a lot about the challenges of trying to exercise in this rural city on the southeastern Colorado plains. Conditions may include 50-mile-per-hour (80 kmph) sandstorms, 18-wheelers blasting past at similar speeds, and for pedestrians, a dangerous situation caused by the lack of sidewalks, bike lanes, and safe crossings on this five-lane roadway, which also serves as U.S. Highway 50/287.
  • Envisioning a City Center—With Nonstop Service to Tokyo
    Published on November 13, 2012 in Infrastructure
    An aerotropolis around Denver International Airport would build on the airport’s access to the world.
  • Linchpin of the West
    Published on August 23, 2012 in Development
    Denver’s historic train station is being re-created as a multimodal transit center, hotel, and shopping venue. And it is already spurring development in the Mile High City.