Masami Takahashi, president of Uber Japan, says the car-sharing service can help the country’s elderly, as well as tourists.

Fare Game

When the Uber went online last year in Fukuoka, the biggest city in Japan’s south, it was shut down within a matter of weeks by the government on the grounds that the vehicles used did not belong to Uber, which violated the nation’s Road Transportation Act. The company’s second attempt to break into the nation of 127 million has involved a different strategy: cooperating with taxi companies.

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In Print: The Road Taken: The History and Future of America’s Infrastructure

The word infrastructure, which originated during the 1920s, was unusual enough to still appear in quotation marks in the Wall Street Journal as late as the 1980s. Henry Petroski’s The Road Taken: The History and Future of America’s Infrastructure is an exhaustive tour of the tremendous variety of built works encompassed by the term.

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Industry Outlook for Resilience

How can we prepare for disasters and adverse events in ways that protect communities and enhance the built environment? Experts in resilience discuss efforts to protect communities from disaster, enhance recovery efforts, increase awareness about the value of incorporating resilience, and implement resilience projects that provide additional benefits to the community.

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Rob Speyer, president and CEO of Tishman Speyer.

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Real estate and transportation are increasingly becoming interconnected, Rob Speyer, president and chief executive of Tishman Speyer, told those attending the ULI Asia Pacific Summit in Shanghai this past June.

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    June 13, 2016

    The gleaming white terminal on the cover suggests a book much like many others, outlining a future (and present) of grand planning for the prosperity brought and dispatched via the wonders of air traffic. But this is not that book: it is a fascinating examination of the many elements that such forecasts leave out or overlook.

  • UL Interview: Peter Calthorpe

    June 6, 2016

    The noted California architect and planner discusses China’s new “urban design revolution.” In an interview, Calthorpe spoke to ULI about how the new standards address this explosive growth and the involvement of his Berkeley, California–based design firm, Calthorpe Associates, in promoting sustainable development in China.

  • Bridging the Digital Divide for Low-Income Residents

    May 31, 2016

    Speaking at the recent ULI Housing Opportunity Conference, Rick Haughey, vice president of industry technology initiatives at the Washington, D.C.–based National Multifamily Housing Council, likened the wiring of the United States to the internet to the early development of the nation’s highways, but as a cautionary tale, creating unintended winners and losers in the process.

  • Investors Willing to Fill the Void for Spending on Infrastructure, Energy

    May 17, 2016

    Panelists at the recent ULI Japan Conference in Tokyo said that even a mature market such as Japan offers significant opportunities, due to a program of public/private partnerships designed to ease the burden on the state, but a $1 trillion “infrastructure gap” exists worldwide.

  • How Cities, Property Owners Are Integrating Wi-Fi, Charging Stations

    May 13, 2016

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    May 10, 2016

    In choosing the title for this book, Gabe Klein, best known as the former head of the city departments of transportation in Washington, D.C., and later Chicago, refers to the entrepreneurial mentality that public sector workers can bring to government.

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