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Growing Small: How Smaller, Infill Urban Developments Are Making a Big Difference

As the real estate industry continues to evolve in terms of project finance, design, and execution, one idea gaining quiet speed is small development. Projects that are seen as being at the vanguard of “small” bring together today’s best thinking of real estate professionals in how to shape the built environment.

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Bringing an Open-Air Venue and Park to a Former Landfill in the Music City

The sight and sound of giant incinerators burning tons of trash in the heart of Nashville’s urban core have been replaced by musical performances and picnicking families, tourists snapping photos, and occupants of surrounding offices, apartments, and condominiums experiencing the city’s new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold–certified riverside amphitheater and park.

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Developing along Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River Trail

The Schuylkill Banks project is part of a 26-mile (42 km) trail extending from Center City Philadelphia northwestward to Valley Forge. The full Schuylkill River Trail will ultimately extend about 130 miles (209 km) from the Appalachian Trail to the Delaware River.

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Retail Jewel Box Houses Fast Food in Rotterdam

In Rotterdam, a fast-food tenant replaces an obstructive kiosk in a prominent location with a simple glass box that draws people—and sunlight—in.

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Recent Articles

  • World Heritage Designation Could Boost Philadelphia Hotels, Landmarks

    January 17, 2016

    Philadelphia has historically been known as “a city of firsts”—the first library, hospital, and post office in the United States were all founded there. So perhaps it is fitting that it has become the first World Heritage City in the United States, a designation that could be a boon for local tourism.

  • Six Trends in U.S. Commercial Real Estate to Watch for in 2016

    January 13, 2016

    The U.S. property market landscape in 2016 will appear much like it did in 2015, with a number of interwoven aspects that bode well for savvy investors who can step out in front of ongoing economic, demographic, and technological trends.

  • Blending Farmer’s Harvest with Retail, Multifamily Developments

    January 12, 2016

    For the first time in 30 years, local farmers have returned to the main floor of the historic Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market. Their heirloom tomatoes and organic kale now share the redeveloped 150,000-square-foot landmark with a long list of high-end shops, restaurant and event space and a “food truck park” next door. Across the country farmers markets are sharing space with more conventional retail space, often in prominent developments and redevelopments.

  • Atlanta’s Midtown Site Selected for 2016 ULI Hines Competition

    January 11, 2016

    ULI has announced an area in Atlanta’s Midtown neighborhood as the study site in the 14th annual ULI Hines Student Competition. The ideas competition provides teams the opportunity to devise a design and development program for parts of a large-scale site.

  • Keeping Up: When Technological Change Begets More, Faster Change

    January 4, 2016

    Advances such as 3-D printing, robotics, and big data promise to transform the way people work and live—and how buildings are built. Here is a look at the next wave of the urban environment, and how to be prepared for it.

  • In Print: (Re)Building Downtown: A Guidebook for Revitalization

    December 21, 2015

    When Alex Morrison, executive director of the Urban Development Authority for Macon-Bibb County, Georgia, started on a comprehensive plan for downtown revitalization, “we knew we wanted walkability and housing,” he said. “But the how and where [were] driven by the public process.” His emphasis on community engagement drove home a point in a new guidebook, (Re)Building Downtown: A Guidebook for Revitalization, from Smart Growth America.

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