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Solving Two Problems: Converting Unused Office Space to Residential

A resurgence of office-to-residential conversions is happening in markets around the world. What conditions are necessary to make it work?

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From left to right: Gadi Kaufmann, Managing Director and CEO RCLCO with Bruce Baltin, Managing Director, CBRE Hotels, Leighton Collis, CEO, Bespoke and Chris Fair, President, Resonance Consultancy, speaking at a recent ULI conference in Carlsbad, California.

U.S. Hotel Industry Bracing for a Slower Year

After years of steady growth, the hotel industry is bracing for a tough year. “Growth and revenue are slowing down,” Bruce Baltin, managing director of CBRE Hotels, told executives and experts gathered for ULI’s “Hotel and Resort Development: Next Wave of Innovation” conference in La Costa, California, held in June. “It’s hit a peak. We think we’re at a plateau.”

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What’s Working and What’s Not as Generational Shift Hits Hospitality Sector

The long-predicted generational shift in the hotel industry is starting to happen, according to speakers at ULI’s recent “Hotel and Resort Development: Next Wave of Innovation” conference in La Costa, California. Baby boomers are growing older and millennials are developing as a buying group, forcing developers and operators to rethink developments. Everyone is racing to determine what works—and what doesn’t—as projects look to adjust to the latest trends, speakers said.

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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

In his recently released book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, sociologist and 2016 MacArthur Fellow Matthew Desmond explores life for low-income renters and their landlords in two high-poverty Milwaukee communities. How Housing Matters spoke with Desmond about his research and its implications for housing policy.

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Recent Articles

  • Independent, “Soft” Hotel Brands Bank on Storytelling, Social Media–Ready Moments

    June 24, 2016

    As competition for the dollars of vacationers and business travelers ratchets up, hotel companies are on a never-ending search for ways to differentiate themselves. Guests are looking for uniqueness, local flavor and history, and bespoke experiences that they can capture and share instantly through social media networks, according to a panel of hotel industry experts at the recent ULI Florida Summit in Miami.

  • Four Affordable and Workforce Housing Policies, Initiatives Selected as ULI Award Finalists

    June 13, 2016

    The finalists for this year’s ULI Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Awards include Arlington County, Virginia, the City of Chicago, Illinois, New York City, and the State of Iowa.

  • Small-Scale Strategies Promote Affordable Renting in Connecticut

    June 6, 2016

    Small apartment buildings are often overlooked or underserved by housing policy and traditional housing and commercial real estate finance mechanisms. Because this housing type is so prevalent in New England and important in the state’s housing stock, the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority has created a three-pronged program to address rental needs at a scale that works for the state’s smaller communities.

  • Many Suburbs Dodging Issue of Affordable Housing

    May 31, 2016

    With the trend toward urbanization increasingly pricing families out of housing in cities, one solution to the problem would be to simply construct more affordable multifamily housing stock in the suburbs.

  • Regulatory Environment One of Many Impediments to More Homeownership

    Panelists at the recent ULI Housing Opportunity Conference discussed the impediments to low- to moderate-income wage earners achieving homeownership, saying that most large lenders and many regional and smaller lenders have lost their ability to originate layered mortgages, due to the increased complexity of the new regulatory environment.

  • Combining—and Dividing—Uses at Portland’s Goat Blocks

    May 26, 2016

    A developer uses suburban retail experience to craft a dense, mixed-use community in the heart of Portland’s Central Eastside.

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