Public Policy

The Upper Kirby municipal management district helped promote development by amassing land around Levy Park. Developer Midway is building an office and retail building on one adjacent parcel, and a residential building on another, and underwriting most of the cost of  an extensive renovation of the park itself. (Midway)Planning & Design

The City with (Almost) No Limits

As the only major U.S. city without formal zoning, Houston has a reputation as a freewheeling place where anything goes. But in truth, a complex patchwork of public and private regulation has evolved to impose order.

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    March 16, 2015

    A transformative residential development capitalized on old rail-yard land in the heart of the city.

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    Experts on affordable housing and members of ULI’s Affordable/Workforce Housing Council discuss how to make affordable housing less costly to build and more supportive for residents.

  • Taxes Lead the List of Federal Policies That Affect the U.S. Real Estate Industry

    February 25, 2015

    Banking and finance regulations—and government gridlock—are other top concerns voiced by survey respondents.

  • Charleston’s Mayor Looks Back on 40 Years of Progress

    February 23, 2015

    As he completes his tenth term as Charleston, South Carolina’s mayor—and his 40th year in office—Joseph P. Riley Jr. could speak only of all that he has left to do and how little time he has to do it.

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    As U.S. home prices have bounced back, activists, advocates, and community developers have struggled to make housing more affordable.

  • Can Melbourne Lower Its Average Temperature by 7 Degrees?

    February 2, 2015

    Six years after a deadly heat wave, Melbourne has adopted climate-change policies which include an initiative to do what might seem impossible: to reduce the central city’s average temperature by 7 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius) by 2030.

  • Will Cutting FHA Premiums Boost Homeownership?

    January 26, 2015

    The big housing news of 2015 so far has been the Obama administration’s announcement that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will reduce the annual premiums new borrowers pay for FHA-insured home mortgage loans by 50 basis points—a half percentage point. But what impact will that have on affordability?

  • In 13 States, Land Banks Stabilizing Weakened Municipalities

    January 23, 2015

    From 1971 to 2008, only five states passed legislation enabling land banks; but in the last six years, another eight have done so. As vacancies and blight have plagued parts of the United States still recovering from recession and the mortgage foreclosure crisis, so too has land banking grown. There are now some 120 land banks and land-banking programs in 13 states, with West Virginia joining the list in 2014.

  • American Demography 2030: Bursting with Diversity, yet a Baby Bust

    January 15, 2015

    The United States is undergoing a “pivotal period of demographic change” that will be as important to the 21st century as the baby boom was to the 20th century, according to William H. Frey, demographer for the Brookings Institution and author of Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics Are Remaking America.

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