New Developments

  • In Brief: Apple’s High-Yielding Retail Space

    August 9, 2017 Sales per square foot at all but a few public retailers have declined to an average of $325 ($3,498 per sq m), down from nearly $375 ($4,036 per sq m) in the early 2000s, according to research by CoStar. But while e-commerce has been disruptive to traditional retailers, several companies, including Apple, Tiffany, and lululemon, have managed to increase sales.
  • In Brief: U.S. Commercial Lending Rebounds in Second Quarter, Led by CMBS

    August 9, 2017 Commercial real estate lending in the United States continued to grow in the second quarter, led by a surge in commercial mortgage–backed securities (CMBS) mortgages, according to the latest research from CBRE. Volume improved across all major lending groups, with CMBS conduits leading all other lenders in terms of market share.

New Developments

  • In Brief: Apple’s High-Yielding Retail Space

    August 9, 2017 Sales per square foot at all but a few public retailers have declined to an average of $325 ($3,498 per sq m), down from nearly $375 ($4,036 per sq m) in the early 2000s, according to research by CoStar. But while e-commerce has been disruptive to traditional retailers, several companies, including Apple, Tiffany, and lululemon, have managed to increase sales.
  • In Brief: U.S. Commercial Lending Rebounds in Second Quarter, Led by CMBS

    August 9, 2017 Commercial real estate lending in the United States continued to grow in the second quarter, led by a surge in commercial mortgage–backed securities (CMBS) mortgages, according to the latest research from CBRE. Volume improved across all major lending groups, with CMBS conduits leading all other lenders in terms of market share.
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    How Food Fed the Vision for San Antonio’s Pearl Complex

    Once among San Antonio’s largest employers, the Pearl Brewery closed in 2001, and the surrounding area had been neglected as development focused on the suburbs. A local firm took a chance on converting the property into a mixed-use destination.

  • The Sacramento River divides downtown Sacramento and West Sacramento. ULI has been working with stakeholders on both sides to create a unified vision for riverfront development. Inside ULI

    Finding a Unified Vision for the Future of the Sacramento Waterfront

    ULI Sacramento has long been engaged with the issue of revitalizing Sacramento’s riverfront. During a two-day program in March, strategies for success and lessons learned were shared by representatives from four U.S. cities that have created coherent waterfront development programs—Chattanooga, Louisville, Pittsburgh, and Spokane.

  • 800_driverless Sustainability

    The Future of Growing Cities Requires Less Parking, More Shared Rides

    Though longer commute times alone can be a sign of a city’s appeal, metropolitan areas have to fix their traffic problems in order to prepare for the future, said experts speaking at the recent ULI Netherlands Conference in Amsterdam.

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    Data+Design: Inside Boston Consulting Group’s Move to Hudson Yards

    In today’s 24/7 world, people should ask, “Why does an organization need a workplace?” Anyone can work anytime, anywhere—and millions do. Yet for most, the workplace remains the soul of an organization: neither mission nor strategy more definitively announces its priorities and core values. These and other questions were taken head-on in January 2017, when the Boston Consulting Group, a global strategy and management consulting firm, relocated its New York City office—BCG’s largest—to 10 Hudson Yards.

Recent Articles

  • Increasing the Walkable Properties and Values Around New York City

    August 14, 2017

    At its core, New York City is one of the most walkable places on Earth. But a recent analysis showed the vast majority of the New York metro area is not very walkable—even compared with other U.S. cities, like Boston; Washington, D.C.; or even newer cities like Atlanta.

  • U.S. Cities Increasingly Focused on Resilience, but Funding Challenges Persist

    August 14, 2017

    The increased emphasis being placed by cities—small as well as large—on embedding resilience into their land use and development policies was the topic of the 2017 Resilient Cities Summit cohosted in Stowe, Vermont, by ULI, the National League of Cities, and the U.S. Green Building Council. Attendees said resilient approaches to infrastructure and development provide long-term economic benefits for cities by safeguarding their real estate assets and tax base, supporting business continuity after adverse events, and protecting residents.

  • San Antonio Focusing on Revitalizing Downtown with Office, Residential, and Green Space

    August 10, 2017

    Ten years ago, San Antonio’s bond program dedicated a mere $10 million to downtown improvements. In 2012, that number had jumped to $90 million, and the most recent bond initiative, passed in May, earmarks $170 million for downtown projects.

  • Making the Case for Health: Insights from the First WELL Projects

    August 10, 2017

    With a handful of WELL-certified projects now in operation and hundreds in the certification pipeline, real estate owners and developers are starting to take a hard look at the business case for healthy building certification.

  • In Brief: Apple’s High-Yielding Retail Space

    August 9, 2017

    Sales per square foot at all but a few public retailers have declined to an average of $325 ($3,498 per sq m), down from nearly $375 ($4,036 per sq m) in the early 2000s, according to research by CoStar. But while e-commerce has been disruptive to traditional retailers, several companies, including Apple, Tiffany, and lululemon, have managed to increase sales.

  • Dallas/Fort Worth Region Considering Options for a Flexible Future of Parking

    August 9, 2017

    Parking is a big issue in the Dallas/Fort Worth region, an area that 3.4 million more people are expected to call home between now and 2040, raising the total population to 10.6 million while adding 2.3 million more cars to clogged roadways. At an event in Dallas, land-use experts considered several solutions for a flexible future.

  • Retail-Led Mixed Use in an Age of E-Commerce Outside Shanghai

    August 9, 2017

    The LifeHub@Kunshan complex, just a brief train ride from Shanghai, integrates workforce housing, shopping, entertainment, e-commerce—and local culture.

  • Land Banks Helping Rebuild from Legacy of Foreclosure

    August 9, 2017

    For more than a decade, the brick “two-flat” on the 900 block of North Drake Avenue on Chicago’s West Side had been vacant. But by the time the school year begins this fall, the West Humboldt Park home will have a new occupant. A major reason for this property’s happy ending is the involvement of a land bank that acquired the building and wiped out its back taxes and encumbrances, making it easier for someone to purchase the property and improve it.

  • In Brief: U.S. Commercial Lending Rebounds in Second Quarter, Led by CMBS

    August 9, 2017

    Commercial real estate lending in the United States continued to grow in the second quarter, led by a surge in commercial mortgage–backed securities (CMBS) mortgages, according to the latest research from CBRE. Volume improved across all major lending groups, with CMBS conduits leading all other lenders in terms of market share.

  • Baltimore’s New Zoning Hoped to Boost More Mixed-Use Development

    August 8, 2017

    Revisions to Baltimore’s zoning code include a new zoning category—“industrial mixed-use”—which both city officials and local developers hope will spur economic development while preserving neighborhood character throughout the city.

  • Design Convergence: The Built Environment Reflects the Work/Life Blur

    July 31, 2017

    With portable electronic devices allowing people to work from anywhere and at any time, the lines dividing office, hospitality, and home design are blurring.

  • In Brief: Though Optimism Has Decreased, More Than Half See Continued Strength in U.S. Real Estate

    July 31, 2017

    Respondents to RCLCO’s latest Market Sentiment Survey are feeling less optimistic than they were six months ago, but most still see continued stability in market conditions for the near to medium term. Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of respondents believe the next U.S. real estate market downturn will not begin until at least 2019.

  • Addressing California’s Greatest Real Estate Need

    July 31, 2017

    For those who invest in real estate in the Golden State, it makes sense to ask where the greatest need for investment lies. The most pressing need is arguably for additional housing close to jobs, which therefore represents the most interesting opportunity for investors.

  • Twin Cities Employers Bumping Up against Employee-Housing Mismatch

    July 31, 2017

    The Minneapolis/Saint Paul metropolitan area is a prime example of how strong employment growth is putting a strain on the housing supply available in many U.S. cities. Since 2000, the number of Twin Cities households that face a housing cost burden—defined as spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing—has increased by 25 percent to a total of 199,000 households as of 2015, according to the Metropolitan Council.

  • Seeing a Bright Future for On-Site Energy Storage

    July 31, 2017

    Commercial property owners are rethinking their skepticism toward energy storage systems, with battery prices dropping and third parties offering new financing models.

  • How Food Fed the Vision for San Antonio’s Pearl Complex

    July 24, 2017

    Once among San Antonio’s largest employers, the Pearl Brewery closed in 2001, and the surrounding area had been neglected as development focused on the suburbs. A local firm took a chance on converting the property into a mixed-use destination.

  • The Future of Growing Cities Requires Less Parking, More Shared Rides

    July 21, 2017

    Though longer commute times alone can be a sign of a city’s appeal, metropolitan areas have to fix their traffic problems in order to prepare for the future, said experts speaking at the recent ULI Netherlands Conference in Amsterdam.

  • Expanding the Usage of New York City’s Governors Island

    July 21, 2017

    Since the donation of the 172-acre (70 ha) Governors Island to New York City in 2003, most of the work on the island has focused on expanding its recreational assets. With an impressive amount of parkland now established, a new push is afoot to expand the island’s uses, both recreational and otherwise.

  • Finding a Unified Vision for the Future of the Sacramento Waterfront

    July 20, 2017

    ULI Sacramento has long been engaged with the issue of revitalizing Sacramento’s riverfront. During a two-day program in March, strategies for success and lessons learned were shared by representatives from four U.S. cities that have created coherent waterfront development programs—Chattanooga, Louisville, Pittsburgh, and Spokane.

  • Restoring Cinematic History: The Renovation of San Francisco’s New Mission Theater

    July 18, 2017

    The New Mission Theater began life as a small theater in 1910, later expanded by prominent local firm Reid Brothers Architects into an ornate movie palace with 2,800 seats. But the last film was shown on site in 1993, changing owners several times in the decades to follow, until it was the building was sold to Austin, Texas–based Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, a national chain of dine-in movie theaters.

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