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Gravel, right, speaking with ULI Global CEO Patrick Phillips at the 2017 Carolinas Meeting.

Urban Infrastructure: The Growing Influence of Atlanta’s BeltLine

“The story of people can be told through infrastructure,” said author Ryan Gravel at the 2017 Carolinas Meeting in Charlotte. An urban planner by training, Gravel initially proposed the concept of the BeltLine in his Georgia Tech master’s thesis.

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  • ULI Global Awards for Excellence: Wynwood Walls–Miami

    March 24, 2017

    Standing out in the urban core of Miami, Wynwood Walls started as a collection of six privately owned warehouses whose exterior walls were transformed into an outdoor “museum of the streets” by visionary developer Tony Goldman. The Walls surround more than 1.5 acres (0.6 ha) of land—former parking lots and junkyards—that now provide multiple areas that the public can enjoy at no charge.

  • Adding Green Space and Value in Houston’s Upper Kirby District

    March 20, 2017

    A $15 million redevelopment of Levy Park in Houston’s Upper Kirby District neighborhood southwest of downtown creates green space and placemaking for the growing city of Houston.

  • Every Drop Counts in Making Amsterdam “Rainproof”

    February 9, 2017

    Even Amsterdam’s fairly modern sewage system and the ubiquitous canals and rivers are not likely to withstand the kind of intense rainfall Europe has recently experienced. Expanding the existing infrastructure to process ever-larger amounts of water is also not viable. The ultimate solution lies in a variety of measures ranging from very small ones, such as individuals putting water tanks in gardens, to larger projects like installing permeable surfaces in public spaces.

  • Growing Value through Creative Placemaking

    October 11, 2016

    When art and cultural features take center stage in development, benefits accrue to the whole community.

  • Klyde Warren Park and the Katy Trail

    September 28, 2016

    Two ambitious park projects in Dallas tie neighborhoods together—and spurred a boom in nearby real estate values.

  • In Print: Dream Cities: Seven Urban Ideas That Shape the World

    August 15, 2016

    This is a book that educates, entertains, and astonishes. It is an effort that progresses along multiple paths of utopian impulse, while at the same time gushing forth with a bravado of egocentric, architectural hubris.

  • Trail-Oriented Development: People-Oriented Design’s Latest Phase

    April 18, 2016

    Real estate developers around the world are responding to increased consumer interest in cycling and walking as preferred modes of transportation by building projects adjacent to trails, bike paths, bike-sharing stations, and other infrastructure that supports human-powered mobility, according to
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  • Bike Sharing Pedals Toward a Fourth Global Generation

    February 19, 2016

    Last year marked a 12 percent year-over-year increase in the total number of bicycles in sharing schemes around the world. China announced 60 new launches last year alone, also claiming the two largest fleets—78,000 bikes in Hangzhou and 40,000 in Beijing. Database expert Russell Meddin’s January 2016 tally counted 1.27 million total two-wheelers in almost 1,000 cities worldwide, roughly double the numbers recorded just five years ago.

  • Two Parks Tapped for ULI’s Urban Open Space Award

    October 9, 2015

    Two urban parks—one in Oklahoma City, the other in Foshan, China—have been selected as winners of this year’s Urban Land Institute Urban Open Space Award.

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