Planning & Design

Emerging Urban Districts in Washington and Boston

Everyone’s talking about “what’s next” in terms of emerging urban neighborhoods, where property values can surge very rapidly. But why do some districts emerge seemingly out of nowhere? How can developers and investors find the next one?

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Spring Meeting attendees tour Philadelphia's neighborhoods by bicycle.

How Philadelphia’s Dynamic Neighborhoods Helps Keep Talent and Prevent Brain Drain

Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods—as are many other cities. But only Philadelphia can boast a human-scale walkable layout planned by William Penn more than three centuries ago.

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More Open Space, Walkability, and Multifamily Are Future of Suburbs

“Suburbs isn’t a dirty word,” declared Adam F. Ducker, RCLCO managing director and moderator of the “Next Stop Suburbs” session at the ULI Spring Meeting in Philadelphia.

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The Flats at Bethesda Avenue in Bethesda, Maryland, is one of several developments highlighted in a new ULI report featuring access to nearby cycling and walking trails.

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

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
Active Transportation and Real Estate: The Next Frontier, a new ULI report.

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Recent Articles

  • Trading Up in Los Angeles: Replacing an Aging Racetrack with a $2.5 Billion NFL Stadium

    April 15, 2016

    National Football League team owners in January gave their blessing to plans to return the Rams to Los Angeles after a 20-year hiatus in St. Louis. The City of Champions Revitalization Initiative, as it’s being called, is replacing Inglewood’s dated Hollywood Park racetrack with a sports-oriented, mixed-use development expected to create an immediate financial boon for the area.

  • In Print: Where Are the Women Architects?

    April 14, 2016

    Historian Despina Stratigakos’s book is a nuanced effort “to track an unfinished dialogue that has haunted architecture—in a cycle of acknowledging and abandoning its gender issues—for a long time,” as she writes in her introduction.

  • ULI Case Study: Paseo Verde in Philadelphia

    A community development corporation and a developer committed to affordability and sustainability team up to provide rental housing with top-notch energy efficiency.

  • In Print: City in a Park: A History of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park System

    April 11, 2016

    Of the hundreds of visitors who climb the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art each day, few are likely aware that they are standing in the midst of a colossal failed experiment in water treatment.

  • Harvard Team Wins 2016 Hines Competition with Vision for Redeveloping Midtown Atlanta

    A team representing Harvard University has taken top honors in the 2016 ULI Hines Student Competition with its winning master plan proposal to transform a Midtown Atlanta site in a thriving, sustainable, mixed-use, walkable, and transit-accessible neighborhood. Though based on a hypothetical situation, the 2016 Hines Student Competition reflects many real-life concerns of Atlanta.

  • Adding a Living Facade to a Dated Office Building in West Hollywood

    April 5, 2016

    The headquarters for IAC, a media company that owns Match.com and HomeAdvisor, was a bland, brick-tile structure built in West Hollywood during the 1980s, making any type of retrofitting a challenge. A refresh of the exterior added a five-story “living facade.”

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