Taking Calculated Risks on Game-Changing Ideas

At the closing session of the 2015 ULI Spring Meeting in Houston, two local icons—landmark real estate developer Gerald D. Hines and James A. Baker III, who served in three presidential administrations and was secretary of state under President George H.W. Bush—talked about leadership and perhaps its most crucial ingredient, the willingness to take bold risks and run with game-changing ideas.

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Connectivity and Reliability Driving Growth in U.S. Intermodal Ports

Over the last decade, there has been a sea change in how freight is moved through ports and on land, which is beginning to have a profound impact on traditional ports and inland ports and the real estate that surrounds them.

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Market Trends

Investors Increasingly Conscious of Role of Sustainability

Driven by increasing demand from tenants and investors, real estate developers and owners of all sizes are beginning to make significant, tangible strides in embracing energy-efficient, sustainable buildings for the future.

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For decades, Buffalo Bayou Park—adjacent to downtown but hidden by bridges and freeway overpasses—was neglected and overgrown. Now that it is being reclaimed, even canoeists are returning to the slow-moving bayou waters. (Buffalo Bayou Partnership/Tom Fox/SWA Group)Development

The Bayou City: Reclaiming Houston’s Signature Waterways

Across the United States, a number of cities are attempting to restore and rediscover their urban rivers. One of the most ambitious efforts is occurring in Houston, where Buffalo Bayou Park is undergoing a $58 million redevelopment to be completed this year.

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Recent Articles

  • ExxonMobil’s New Campus: Giving Houston a Second Energy Corridor

    May 4, 2015

    Executives are keeping their large, new campus largely under wraps. Nevertheless, it is transforming the area’s real estate.

  • Policy Perspective: Regulatory Shift May Help Development Located near Transit

    Federal changes could promote TOD that functions better—and is easier to build.

  • Special Section: Midwest

    April 30, 2015

    In the 1970s, Detroit adopted a new nickname: “Renaissance City.” But for Michigan’s largest city, that designation was premature—at least until now.

  • Downtowns Rank Highly on AARP’s New Livability Index

    April 23, 2015

    Mifflin West of Madison, Wisconsin, was named America’s most livable neighborhood in AARP’s Livability index, followed by the Upper West Side of New York and Boston’s Downtown Crossing.

  • Product Council Outlook: Recreational Development

    April 20, 2015

    How are developers catering to boomers, gen Xers, and millennials whose expectations were affected by the Great Recession? Members of ULI’s Recreational Development Council discuss opportunities for repositioning and new construction in the coming years, changes in consumer preferences and demographic trends, and other factors influencing resort, vacation, and second-home destinations.

  • Two If by Sea: The Urban Implications of Living with Water

    March 9, 2015

    ULI Boston/New England recently published a report, The Urban Implications of Living with Water, drawn from a charrette charged with exploring strategies for dealing with the effects of rising sea levels. It addresses four areas of Boston: the historic Back Bay neighborhood, Revere Beach, the Alewife Quadrangle, and the Innovation District.

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