Last year, veteran Texas homebuilder Jim Lemming decided to construct houses to meet the prevailing tastes and lifestyles of Houston’s growing southwest suburbs. That meant building houses with prayer rooms, Islamic-style arches, domed roofs, and extra master bedroom suites to accommodate multigenerational households.Read More
Longtime Urban Land Institute leader A. Alfred Taubman passed away following a heart attack. He was 91. Taubman, a real estate industry icon who pioneered the development of enclosed shopping malls, had been a ULI Foundation governor since 1985. He served as a trustee from 1980 through 1992, and was a member of the ULI Advisory Services committee from 1995 to 1996.Read More
For those of you who have already downloaded the Urban Land app for tablets and smartphones, the latest issue is now available. In addition to the Apple and Android app stores, you can now download the magazine on your Kindle Fire and Windows 8 devices.Read More
Walk Score, now owned by internet brokerage Redfin, has released its 2015 ranking of the most walkable U.S. cities with populations exceeding 300,000. New York, the nation’s most walkable city, has increased its lead over San Francisco, which came in second.Read More
From 2007 to 2011, jobs grew faster in many downtowns than in surrounding areas, reversing a nearly 60-year-long trend in the United States. This is according to research by City Observatory, a think tank based in Portland, Oregon.
Now in its third year, the OneSpark festival highlights entrepreneurial projects in both a juried competition and a popular vote in what is touted as the “world’s biggest crowdfunding festival.” There will be 555 official OneSpark creator projects this year.
Last fall, William Fulton, a former mayor and planner by training, left Southern California to take a new position at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University in Houston. Leveraging Rice’s strengths in computer science, architecture, civil engineering, and other disciplines, Fulton hopes to establish the leading urban think tank in the Sun Belt.
According to a new report from CBRE Research, annual tenant demand, as measured by net absorption, totaled 52.7 million square feet (4.9 million sq m) in 2014—the highest annual amount since 2007.
In an excerpt from his new book, Urban Real Estate Investment: A New Era of Opportunity, Henry Cisneros makes the case for the forces of change that will create a new urban reality.
Urban sprawl costs the U.S. economy more than $1 trillion annually, according to a new study by the New Climate Economy, a global commission on the economy and climate.