Real Returns for Investing in Resilience

As climate change poses greater financial risks to real estate in the form of near-term extreme weather events and longer-term impacts like sea-level rise, developers and owners are increasingly investing in new infrastructure and technologies, innovative design and construction methods, and other resilience strategies not only to protect their properties, but also to create value for their developments, according to Returns on Resilience: The Business Case, released by the Urban Land Institute.

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Imagining the Driverless City

Robotic vehicles, drones, and other cutting-edge technological advances could soon reshape urban land use as radically as the automobile once did. Here are some leaders’ thoughts on how the future might look.

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From Freeway to Boulevard

How the Hayes Valley neighborhood championed good city making–and affordable housing–following the Loma Prieta earthquake.

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In Print: Parking Management for Smart Growth

A quick reading of this book leaves even the casual reader with an overwhelming sense of the compelling logic for more rational parking policies to support better development. It is surprising, therefore, that communities with significant implementation of such policies can be counted on one hand—San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, and possibly Washington, D.C.

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Recent Articles

  • With Better Funding, City Buses Could Fill Transit Voids

    September 2, 2015

    Champaign, Illinois, and Grand Rapids, Michigan, are unlikely to make a list of American cities with the best transit systems anytime soon. Yet these two cities increased their annual bus ridership by about 50 percent over the past seven years.

  • SFpark: Solving Parking and Traffic Problems with Pricing

    September 1, 2015

    The primary goal of SFpark—a major initiative for the city of San Francisco—is to make it easy to find a parking space. The rationale behind the initiative is a belief that drivers unable to find a space on the street will cruise around or double-park, adding to congestion.

  • In Print: Rail and the City: Shrinking Our Carbon Footprint While Reimagining Public Space

    August 5, 2015

    Author Roxanne Warren is an architect, an urban designer, and a staunch transit advocate, writing from her office in New York City, by most measures the most complex transit metropolis in the United States.

  • Frankfurt and Offenbach: A Future Model for Regional Cooperation

    August 3, 2015

    Frankfurt and Offenbach make up the center of the Rhine-Main region along the River Main in southwestern Germany. Frankfurt’s global reputation, strong transport links, and burgeoning financial center provide a stark contrast to its quirky, isolated, and less affluent neighbor. But according to a ULI Advisory Services panel, the future of both cities depends on their ability and willingness to work together.

  • Understanding the Benefits and Costs of World-Class High-Speed Rail

    June 29, 2015

    The chairman of the UK’s High Speed 2 transport project says that one of his “major challenges” in managing the multibillion-pound north–south rail link is to convince the public of its benefits, speaking at ULI Europe’s Real Estate Trends Conference in London.

  • In Print: Railtown: The Fight for the Los Angeles Metro Rail and the Future of the City

    June 26, 2015

    Railtown chronicles the latest chapter in the Los Angeles saga—the city’s transition from a smoggy, car-loving, freeway-dominated megacity to an emerging cluster of walkable urban centers linked by public transit, including light and heavy rail as well as buses.

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