Infrastructure

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In Print: Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation

Journalist Edward Humes is a Pulitzer Prize winner and author of 14 books. In Door to Door he takes on another complex, resource-intensive topic: the mammoth transportation systems that make it possible (and often frighteningly impossible) for Americans to drive 344 million miles in an hour and move $55 billion worth of goods per day.

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Audio: Highway Removal and the Plan to Put Dallas Back Together

ULI member and urban planner Patrick Kennedy recently appeared on the Streetsblog podcast, Talking Headways, to discuss Kennedy’s highway removal campaign for Dallas, known as “A New Dallas,” and the recent Texas DOT CityMap Plan to re-imagine the freeways and roads in the city’s downtown.

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Dallas-based Matthews Southwest launched redevelopment of Southern Dallas’ Cedars neighborhood 20 years ago with South Side on Lamar, the adaptive reuse of an historic Sears warehouse-office complex into 455 residential lofts, 25 artist studios, and 120,000 square feet of office and retail space located one block from the new Cedars light rail station.  Above, NYLO Dallas South Side Hotel, a century-old coffin factory converted into a luxury urban-loft boutique hotel. (Matthews Southwest)

How TOD Is Fueling Growth in Southern Dallas

Southern Dallas, which was physically and economically separated from downtown after the construction of Interstate 30 in the 1960s, is undergoing a renaissance focused on transit-oriented development.

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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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Recent Articles

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

    August 1, 2016

    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.

  • Industry Outlook for Resilience

    July 11, 2016

    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.

  • Property Values Increasingly Depend on Transit—and Mayors

    June 27, 2016

    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.

  • In Print: Airport Urbanism: Infrastructure and Mobility in Asia

    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.

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