Author: Sam Newberg

Sam Newberg is an urbanist, real estate consultant, writer, and founder and president of Joe Urban, Inc., based in Minneapolis.

Articles by Sam Newberg

  • Airport Boulevard Corridor: Where a Form-Based Code Advances Redevelopment
    Published on February 29, 2012 in Development
    Leveraging city, county, community college, and private investment and using a form-based code, the Airport Boulevard project in Austin, Texas, is a model for corridor redevelopment worth emulating.
  • Rethinking the Office Market: Office Sector Realities and Strategies
    Published on January 06, 2012 in Fall Meeting
    Cost is secondary to value right now, declared one panelist at a session titled “Rethinking the Office Market” at the ULI 2011 Fall Meeting and Urban Land Expo in Los Angeles.
  • Suburban Infill – Solving Infrastructure and Financing Challenges
    Published on November 10, 2011 in Development
    Collaboration, creativity, and infrastructure were the themes of a recent ULI Minnesota event titled “Compact Development in the Suburbs: Solving Infrastructure and Financing Challenges,” which focused mostly on creating more density in the suburbs. Read more to learn about projects in suburban areas of Minneapolis, Denver, Seattle, and Houston that show compact development can work in suburbia.
  • Reviving a Dying Mall
    Published on November 07, 2011 in Capital Markets
    Much has been speculated about the death of the mall and what to do about it, and solutions vary. One innovative reuse of an aging, enclosed mall can be found in Austin, Texas, where a local community college is taking over the space, and a developer partner is proposing to develop a mix of housing, office, and retail uses on surrounding surface parking lots. Learn more to learn the specifics.
  • Urban Grocers
    Published on November 04, 2011 in Fall Meeting
    More and more, major grocers are finding ways to open stores in urban neighborhoods, but it isn’t easy. As noted during the “Developing Walkable Urban Groceries in Mixed-Use Environments” session at ULI’s 2011 Fall Meeting in Los Angeles last month, getting the design of a grocery store right while simultaneously accommodating residential units on the site is particularly daunting.
  • Re-Thinking the Office Market: Office Sector Realities and Strategies
    Published on October 31, 2011 in Fall Meeting
    “We don’t need any more office space.” This is the takeaway quote from a session titled “Rethinking the Office Market” at ULI’s 2011 Fall Meeting in Los Angeles. Though this pronouncement may seem extreme, the five panelists in attendance gave their insights into what has changed in the office market over the course of the Great Recession—and what can be expected in coming years.
  • You Say You Want a (Food) Revolution—Count Me In
    Published on October 28, 2011 in Fall Meeting
    Local food is a hot topic. From community gardens that provide healthy food and a place for neighbors to meet, to resorts and tourist attractions that feature regular farmers markets and restaurants with farm-to-table dinners, the popularity of food and its source is driving real estate development in not-so-subtle ways. Read more to learn what some developers are doing to capitalize on this trend.
  • Practitioners Seeing Shift to Urban Living on the Ground, Confirming Forecasts
    Published on August 30, 2011 in Market Trends
    A number of long-range forecasts show that demographic changes and a shift in customer preferences will lead to increased demand for urban living. For example, Robert Charles Lesser & Co. indicates that 77 percent of generation Y plans to live in an urban core. Learn the specifics of what all this research says about the major boost for the apartment market that is expected in the coming years.
  • The Incredible Shrinking Office Space – Fact or Fantasy?
    Published on August 24, 2011 in Office
    With streamlining, downsizing, outsourcing, improved technology, cloud computing, and more working from home, future demand for office space is a question on the minds of many people in the commercial real estate sector. In light of these trends, an improved economy will not necessarily result in more demand for office space. Read what challenges experts say lie ahead for office landlords.
  • Grocery Wars
    Published on May 10, 2011 in Market Trends
    A change is in the wind for food retailing in the United States, much of it focused on cities. Grocery stores are following the housing units developed in recent years in downtowns and close-in neighborhoods. As a result, independent grocers and national chains alike are licking their chops, seeking a place in the multiple-niche urban environment. Read about the challenges these infill locations present.
  • The Rush to Build Walkable Urban Grocery Stores
    Published on March 22, 2011 in
    Retailers large and small, from Wal-Mart and Safeway on down to Local D’Lish and Mayberry Foodstuffs, are reshaping the urban grocery experience. And with traditional grocers like A & P filing for bankruptcy, independent grocers and national chains alike are seeking a place in the multiple-niche urban environment. Read how retailers are meeting city customers’ needs in mixed-use projects in 2011.
  • A Value-Capture Strategy for Transportation in Texas
    Published on March 15, 2011 in Infrastructure
    In an effort to facilitate walkable urbanism while harnessing suburban growth into sustainable neighborhoods, the North Central Texas Council of Governments has partnered with the Partnership for Livable Communities to help finance the construction of a transit line along a right-of-way called the Cotton Belt. Read how creative finance is poised to get this project done years ahead of schedule.
  • Making the Argument for the Preservation of Affordable Housing
    Published on November 11, 2010 in Sustainability
    Affordable Housing – To Rehab or Build Again? That is the Question. When it comes to affordable housing, where are our limited resources best applied, to preserving existing affordable housing or to developing new units? Two distinct affordable housing projects in the Twin Cities serve as good examples of the inherent value of the former.
  • Changing Course for Continued Success: Lenox Village
    Published on September 28, 2010 in Development
    Nashville-based developer David McGowan knew a change of course was necessary to ensure continued success at Lenox Village, a mixed-use, new urbanist development in southeast Nashville. It was 2007 and the market for for-sale housing was slowing down while rental housing was still strong. Read how McGowan shifted the project in the face of the oncoming slowdown in the economy.
  • Retooling Industrial Development
    Published on May 01, 2010 in Development
    With global trade down by over 20 percent in 2009—although there has been some rebound in 2010—containers stacked high at seaports are still a common sight. Correspondingly, the industrial sector of real estate is experiencing record vacancy. Even if economic recovery begins anew this year, most estimates show a full recovery in 2011 or later. Amid the morass, business may not be brisk—but deals are still occurring. “Companies are focused on retooling or repositioning for the turnaround,” says Rich Thompson, executive vice president at the Chicago office of Jones Lang LaSalle’s port, airport, and global infrastructure group. Thompson terms it “network optimization,” in that companies are streamlining their operations. For example, perhaps they are consolidating from three smaller warehouses to one large distribution center, which could allow the new facility to take advantage of locations near multimodal transportation options such as any combination of truck, rail, sea, or air.
  • Little Infill
    Published on March 01, 2010 in Mixed-Use
    Small, mixed-use infill projects are becoming favorites of the planning and development industry because of their compact urban scale, innovative design, and positive impact as catalysts for their neighborhoods.