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Thinking Bigger about the Role of Micro Units

New research from the Urban Land Institute suggests that micro units—typically larger than a one-car garage, but smaller than a double—have staying power as a housing type that appeals to urban dwellers in high-cost markets who are willing to trade space for improved affordability and proximity to downtown neighborhoods.

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Lakeside by Polygon, an enclave of executive townhouse residences in a prime lakeside location at the heart of Sunstone, a landmark master-planned community in North Delta, British Columbia. Situated in the heart of a family-friendly community, the development has close at hand an array of hiking and biking trails, schools, shopping, and convenient commuter access to Vancouver and beyond. Every Lakeside resident will also benefit from membership in the Sunstone Club, a residents-only clubhouse featuring over 12,000 square feet (1,100 sq m) of resort-style amenities.Development

Product Council Insight: Outlook for Master-Planned Communities

Members of ULI’s Master-Planned Communities Council discuss factors that homebuyers look for in communities; ways that developers are partnering to enhance access to retail, health care, education, and other services; strategies for fostering a sense of community among residents; and other trends.

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Sustainability

Insurers Need Support to Mitigate Impacts of Climate Change on the Built Environment

While the insurance industry is developing new risk standards for natural disasters, according to a ULI white paper, the real estate sector and governments also must play an active role in climate change adaptation

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How Best to Retrofit Housing for Earthquakes? Rezone and Densify

Could San Francisco’s landlords finance badly needed earthquake retrofits by converting garages into “granny flats” while also adding badly needed affordable housing?

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