New York City and D.C. Doubled Biking Rates in Just Four Years

For the first and second U.S. cities to start building networks of modern protected bike lanes, the payoff seems to have arrived. In both Washington, D.C., and New York City, the rate of bike commuting has doubled since 2009, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released Thursday.

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Monday’s Numbers: September 15, 2014

The Trepp survey for the week ending September 5, 2014, again showed average spreads literally unchanged as the markets got back after the three-day holiday weekend, rested and ready to take on the world’s challenges. If you are planning financing and/or refinancing this year, now is the time to put the pedal to the floor.

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Market Trends

Time Lapse: 1 WTC and the Return of the Lower Manhattan Skyline

For the last three years, photographer Benjamin Rosamond has been watching the construction of the 1,776-foot skyscraper at 1 World Trade Center from his living room in Brooklyn. From 30,000 images, Rosamond created this two-minute time lapse video.

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Q+A with New ULI Foundation Chairman Geoffrey L. Stack

Geoffrey L. Stack became the new chairman of the ULI Foundation on July 1, after serving for more than five years as chairman of the ULI Foundation Annual Fund. Under his leadership in that position, contributions to the Annual Fund reached a record total of nearly $1.6 million in calendar year 2013, up 77 percent from 2009. He succeeds James J. Curtis III as ULI Foundation chairman. Stack recently discussed his goals for the Foundation with Urban Land.

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Recent Articles

  • From Droughts to Floods, Extreme Weather’s Increasing Impact

    September 11, 2014

    Far from being a problem for future generations, climate change and its impacts both severe and incremental are confounding communities across the country every single day, according to Rebecca Smyth, the West Coast director of the Coastal Services Center, a branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that focuses on coastal health, restoration, and resilience.

  • Factoring Transit Costs into Housing Affordability

    September 10, 2014

    To determine a city’s affordability, housing costs cannot be viewed in a vacuum. Transportation costs are also a major factor, according to a new policy brief, Location Affordability in Large U.S. Cities: Variability among Types of Households, from the Citizens Budget Commission (CBC) in New York City.

  • Real Estate Industry Needs Better Integration of Resilience

    September 8, 2014

    While real estate investors have always paid attention to earthquakes, floods, and other natural disasters that create uncertainty for their portfolios, few speak explicitly about “resilience” as a characteristic they are looking for when underwriting properties, according to a panel of investment leaders at a ULI conference held in San Francisco last week.

  • Monday’s Numbers: September 8, 2014

    The Real Estate Roundtable released their quarterly Sentiment Index, with the index increasing slightly, reflecting participants’ confidence in a continuing recovery in the U.S. economy as well as increasing allocations of capital to the real estate industry.

  • Examining the Link Between Community Resilience and Building Healthy Places

    September 3, 2014

    Housing in America: Integrating Housing, Health, and Resilience in a Changing Environment explores the connection between strengthening the resilience of housing and communities to severe weather and building for health and wellness.

  • Monday’s Numbers: September 1, 2014

    September 2, 2014

    The Trepp survey for the week ended August 22 shows average spreads literally unchanged as the markets. The implied rate for ten-year, modestly leveraged commercial real estate mortgages remained at 373 basis points—81 basis points lower than at year-end 2013.

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