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Where We Met, a giant air-supported art installation by Janet Echelman, covers a portion of the new LeBauer Park in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina. (© OJB Landscape Architecture, Courtesy of LeBauer Park)

Private Money and Management Are Transforming America’s Downtowns

Over the past several years, we have seen a new, decided focus in many American cities of all sizes on redeveloping and renewing their cores. One key way this transformation is happening is through the building of new urban parks and public spaces in the city center. Yet, one of the great challenges is how to develop these vital parks and public spaces without straining government budgets.

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Repurposing Two Former Downtown Industrial Sites

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.

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Outdoor Space, Modern Food Offerings Help Energize Aging Corporate Campuses

Dallas was an appropriate location for a 2016 ULI Fall Meeting discussion on energizing corporate campuses, with several large-scale headquarter developments underway in the region.

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E-Commerce Retailers Solving for Last Logistical Mile as Projected Sales Top $2 Trillion

When it comes to the e-commerce explosion, it’s all about “the last mile,” and almost anything is imaginable. “The last mile can be executed on foot, bicycle, hand cart, unicycle, skateboard, jetpack, Uber, Lyft—the list goes on,” said Benjamin Conwell of Cushman & Wakefield, a former director of Amazon’s North American real estate operations, speaking at the 2016 ULI Fall Meeting.

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  • Cautious Optimism, Competitive Markets Characterize Emerging Trends Responses

    November 16, 2016

    When the latest Emerging Trends in Real Estate® report for the United States and Canada was unveiled at the 2016 ULI Fall Meeting in Dallas, the panel discussion quickly turned to how to convert the research into action. The report points to an industry in transition, one that is trying to find ways to maximize investments in a time of low interest rates and global uncertainty.

  • Increased Use of Wood, Reduced Parking May Reduce Multifamily Construction Costs

    With no end in sight to the boom in urban and close-in suburban multifamily housing construction, developers are eager for ways to save money on ever-increasing land and construction costs. Experts speaking at the 2016 ULI Fall Meeting said that reducing parking requirements and increasing use wood-frame construction for buildings up to five stories could help keep costs in check.

  • Mayors of Anchorage, Grand Rapids, San Jose, and Washington, D.C., Selected as 2017 Daniel Rose Fellows

    November 15, 2016

    The NLC and ULI announced that mayors from four U.S. cities—Anchorage, Alaska; Grand Rapids, Michigan; San Jose, California; and Washington, D.C.—have been selected as the 2017 class of Daniel Rose fellows by the Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use.

  • Bangalore Touted as Asia’s Strongest Market for 2017

    While demand is strong in the Asia Pacific real estate industry, the supply of core product is thinner than ever, according to Emerging Trends in Real Estate® Asia Pacific 2017, a real estate forecast jointly published by ULI and PwC.

  • Debunking Economic Myths: U.S. Growth Likely to Continue through 2018 and Beyond

    November 8, 2016

    Perhaps it is a sign of uncertain times when top-level economists start talking about feelings. The current U.S. economy is “not quite as bad as it feels,” said JLL Americas managing director Ben Breslau, during a 2016 ULI Fall Meeting panel discussion. “Not that there’s no risk, but it’s not quite as bad as it feels.”

  • Architect, Urban Planner Dr. Cheong Koon Hean Named 2016 ULI J.C. Nichols Laureate

    October 27, 2016

    Dr. Cheong Koon Hean, a widely acclaimed architect and urban planner credited with shaping much of Singapore’s urban landscape, has been named the 2016 recipient of the ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development. Dr. Cheong, the 17th Nichols laureate and the first from Asia, was honored during the 2016 ULI Fall Meeting in Dallas.

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