New Developments

  • Future-Proofing Cities over the Next Decade for Driverless Cars

    May 25, 2017 Panelists at the ULI Washington Real Estate Trends conference agreed that driverless cars will have an even greater disruptive impact on society than elevators did more than a century ago, as soon as public fear gives way to acceptance.
  • Cities Need to Build More Sustainably to Lower Housing Costs, Reduce Flood Risk

    May 22, 2017 Cities are recognizing the risks associated with rising water levels, natural disasters, and potential epidemics. During ULI Washington’s recent Real Estate Trends event, panelists discussed the business case for employing sound methods and practices to create healthier, safer building environments.
  • Franz-Josef Höing, councilor for city development, planning, and building in Cologne, speaking at the ULI Germany's 2017 Urban Leader Summit in Frankfurt Planning & Design

    How the City of Cologne Is Reinventing Itself for the 21st Century

    Cologne, the fourth-largest city in Germany, is facing a population challenge. In recent years, the “little big city on the Rhine” has grown faster than projected, with a current population exceeding 1 million. One new projection from the city predicts that at least 142,000 new residents will move to Cologne by 2040—an increase of 13.5 percent. But municipal leaders are embracing the challenge and working with residents to redesign and redevelop Cologne in a sustainable way to accommodate urban growth and preserve the city’s social diversity.

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    Economic Forecasts for Germany Remain Strong Despite Global Uncertainty

    Brexit and the recent U.S. and French elections came up in many conversations at ULI Germany’s recent Urban Leader Summit in Frankfurt. Although panelists said they are concerned about the geopolitical changes afoot, the domestic German economy remains strong.

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    The Latest Real Estate Amenity: Gigabit Internet Service

    Gigabit service is the next-generation advance in web browsing and data handling. Its widespread deployment in the United States only began this decade, so its availability is still limited to less than 15 percent of the population, according to industry surveys and the latest statistics from the U.S. Department of Commerce. But access is surging, with hundreds of companies now providing fiber connections, and availability of the “gig” is emerging as a development tool for cities and a competitive advantage for real estate properties offering it.

New Developments

  • Future-Proofing Cities over the Next Decade for Driverless Cars

    May 25, 2017 Panelists at the ULI Washington Real Estate Trends conference agreed that driverless cars will have an even greater disruptive impact on society than elevators did more than a century ago, as soon as public fear gives way to acceptance.
  • Cities Need to Build More Sustainably to Lower Housing Costs, Reduce Flood Risk

    May 22, 2017 Cities are recognizing the risks associated with rising water levels, natural disasters, and potential epidemics. During ULI Washington’s recent Real Estate Trends event, panelists discussed the business case for employing sound methods and practices to create healthier, safer building environments.

Recent Articles

  • Future-Proofing Cities over the Next Decade for Driverless Cars

    May 25, 2017

    Panelists at the ULI Washington Real Estate Trends conference agreed that driverless cars will have an even greater disruptive impact on society than elevators did more than a century ago, as soon as public fear gives way to acceptance.

  • ULX: 10 Libraries as Community Hubs

    May 22, 2017

    The following ten projects—all completed during the past five years—include facilities that strengthen pedestrian links to waterfronts, renovated buildings that open up interiors to views and daylight, and a converted JCPenney department store.

  • Cities Need to Build More Sustainably to Lower Housing Costs, Reduce Flood Risk

    May 22, 2017

    Cities are recognizing the risks associated with rising water levels, natural disasters, and potential epidemics. During ULI Washington’s recent Real Estate Trends event, panelists discussed the business case for employing sound methods and practices to create healthier, safer building environments.

  • Industrial REITs Post Soft Performance Despite Surging Demand

    May 22, 2017

    As job growth in the professional services sector has increased substantially over the past several years, office real estate investment trusts (REITs) have benefited from strong leasing fundamentals. However, more office construction and oversupply concentrated in major metro areas such as New York City, Houston, and Washington, D.C., continue to concern those in the market. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

  • How the City of Cologne Is Reinventing Itself for the 21st Century

    May 22, 2017

    Cologne, the fourth-largest city in Germany, is facing a population challenge. In recent years, the “little big city on the Rhine” has grown faster than projected, with a current population exceeding 1 million. One new projection from the city predicts that at least 142,000 new residents will move to Cologne by 2040—an increase of 13.5 percent. But municipal leaders are embracing the challenge and working with residents to redesign and redevelop Cologne in a sustainable way to accommodate urban growth and preserve the city’s social diversity.

  • Economic Forecasts for Germany Remain Strong Despite Global Uncertainty

    May 22, 2017

    Brexit and the recent U.S. and French elections came up in many conversations at ULI Germany’s recent Urban Leader Summit in Frankfurt. Although panelists said they are concerned about the geopolitical changes afoot, the domestic German economy remains strong.

  • How Autonomous Vehicles Will Redesign Our Cities: The Future of Transportation Goes beyond Roads

    May 19, 2017

    The wave of autonomous vehicles is finally rising just as city living is more popular than ever. But the impact of autonomous vehicles will be felt far beyond what happens on the streets.

  • Apartments, High-End Retail Spurring Redevelopment of Tijuana’s Historic Downtown

    May 18, 2017

    Tijuana’s historic Zona Centro, a 55-block downtown district and a ten-minute walk from the U.S. border, is undergoing a renaissance that is replacing taco stands and tourist curio shops with residential developments, great restaurants, collaborative workspaces, art galleries, bicycle stations, craft beer breweries, and other entertainment venues. To celebrate its progress, ULI San Diego/Tijuana has selected Zona Centro for the 2017 Emerging Healthy Places Award.

  • The Latest Real Estate Amenity: Gigabit Internet Service

    May 16, 2017

    Gigabit service is the next-generation advance in web browsing and data handling. Its widespread deployment in the United States only began this decade, so its availability is still limited to less than 15 percent of the population, according to industry surveys and the latest statistics from the U.S. Department of Commerce. But access is surging, with hundreds of companies now providing fiber connections, and availability of the “gig” is emerging as a development tool for cities and a competitive advantage for real estate properties offering it.

  • Rebounding Energy Sector Plus $2 Billion in TOD Buoy Development in Dallas

    May 16, 2017

    At a ULI North Texas event in Dallas, panelists said that the renewed optimism among small business owners, strong consumer confidence, and a robust U.S. job market suggest that the next recession may be further away than predicted just a year ago. The Dallas-Fort Worth area is well-positioned for further gains, as 16 competed or under construction projects near DART stations are forecast to produce $2 billion in economic development.

  • CEO Perspective: ULI at Its Best—Advisory Services

    May 15, 2017

    Of all of the Institute’s many offerings, perhaps the one that best delivers an ideal combination of member value and mission advancement is our Advisory Services program.

  • Office REITs Face Oversupply in Key Markets, Shift to Secondary Markets Elsewhere

    May 15, 2017

    As job growth in the professional services sector has increased substantially over the past several years, office real estate investment trusts (REITs) have benefited from strong leasing fundamentals. However, more office construction and oversupply concentrated in major metro areas such as New York City, Houston, and Washington, D.C., continue to concern those in the market. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

  • Five Keys to Success from the Best-selling Author of The Boys in the Boat

    May 15, 2017

    At ULI’s 2017 Spring Meeting in Seattle, attendees heard from voices from outside the land use industry, including Daniel James Brown, author of the New York Times best-selling book The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. “This is a story that reminds us of who we are at our best,” said Brown.

  • Planning for Uncertainty Among Shifting Political Tides

    May 15, 2017

    The first 100 days of the new U.S. administration has been marked by uncertainty and ambiguity—and while foreign real estate investors are concerned, they still believe the United States is a good place to invest. But panelists speaking at the ULI Spring Meeting in Seattle said they are optimistic about reforms to FIRPTA and more investment in infrastructure.

  • Sustainable Philanthropy Means Asking Others for Help, Setting Limits

    May 12, 2017

    A panel discussion at the 2017 ULI Spring Meeting in Seattle focused on the challenges facing industry executives interested in taking a leadership role in philanthropy while continuing to run a business. Tough choices have to be made, panelists said.

  • Amazon and the Evolution of a Downtown Corporate Campus

    May 12, 2017

    Three of the primary participants in the creation of Amazon’s headquarters in downtown Seattle came together during the 2017 ULI Spring Meeting for a discussion of the long history.

  • Augmented Reality, Piezoelectric Power Could Enhance Built Environment

    May 12, 2017

    Emerging technologies will bring major changes to the real estate industry, prompting questions that people will be pondering over the coming months and years. “We’ve got to restart our thinking about what we do,” said Paul Doherty, chief executive officer and president of Memphis-based the Digit Group, a leading provider of “smart city” solutions.

  • CEO Conversations: Why Alaska Airlines Is Flying High

    May 12, 2017

    As part of ULI’s tradition of inviting a chief executive officer from outside the real estate industry at the ULI Spring Meeting, CEO Bradley Tilden of Alaska Airlines spoke with Bill Ferguson, chairman and CEO of Ferguson Partners.

  • Panelists Weigh Policies That Could Boost U.S. Growth Near End of Economic Cycle

    May 12, 2017

    The current U.S. economic expansion is already one of the longest since World War II, but because most investors have been relatively conservative in their investment choices, few reasons exist for concern about a sharp downturn in the near term, panelists said at the 2017 ULI Spring Meeting. They also agreed that certain policy changes like corporate repatriation of profits or tax cuts would increase the possibility of further growth.

  • Legalized Marijuana Sector Creates Opportunity, Special Requirements

    May 12, 2017

    Commercialized marijuana is big business and is expanding as a new asset class at an astronomical rate, according to a ULI Spring Meeting panel of industry investors, operators, and legal experts on the state of the cannabis business and real estate opportunities being created in the sector. Twenty-eight states have legalized the sale of medical marijuana, and eight states plus the District of Columbia allow recreational marijuana to some degree.

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