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  • 09-27-10

    Regional Spotlight Mid-Atlantic

    The real estate development sector in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region is clearly bottoming out, says Henry Lucas, a founder and chief executive officer of Chantilly, Virginia-based ECS Group of Companies. “This year, we’re seeing mixed signals—some trends upward and some trends downward—which are classic ‘bottom-of-the-market-indicators,’” he says. Read about what trends he and others see.

  • 09-21-10

    What Conservation Development is Not

    Conservation development technologies have been around for decades, but only in the past few years have developers, conservation organizations, landowners, and local governments begun to understand the potential of these technologies to link land conservation with land development while providing meaningful protection of natural resources. Find out what conservation development is not.

  • 09-21-10

    Green Market Value

    Buildings with sustainable design features may cut energy costs and have less impact on the environment than conventional buildings, but there has been little data about the economic benefit for their owners. Is there now evidence that even in the current economic downturn, the green premium holds true?

  • 09-17-10

    1000 Homes in Action

    Los Angeles cannot become a vibrant, livable, pedestrian-friendly city without addressing the issue of chronic homelessness, said members of the “1000 Homes Committee” of ULI Los Angeles. The group recently recognized political leaders, nonprofits and developers who are generating fresh ideas, educating industry players about the issue, and transforming the destinies of the homeless in their city.

  • 09-10-10

    Green and Affordable: A Good Combination

    In New York City’s South Bronx, a new 47-unit complex is proving that green and affordable can go together. Fox Point, developed by New York City–based Palladia Inc. and Enterprise Community Partners, is showing that environmentally sound homes for lower-income households can be a model for the future. Read how this project further dispels the perception that green is more expensive.

  • 09-04-10

    Japan Emerges from the Tohoku Earthquake with Notably Different Lifestyles—and Different Real Estate Markets

    At ULI’s recent 2011 Fall Meeting, a panel of experts reported notable differences in the Japanese economy and way of life after the devastating earthquake and tsunami, including an increase in time spent at home, decreases in urban retail and restaurant activities, lower demand for oceanfront and high-rise properties, and greater emphasis on energy conservation and disaster resilience. Read more.

  • 09-01-10

    Reading the Tea Leaves on Transportation Reform

    For years before the clock ticked down on the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), policy makers and advocates have grappled with what should replace it. A major reform effort may be unlikely for the next few years, or longer. Where does a new bill stand, and what is happening in the meantime?

  • 09-01-10

    Inspiring Imagination

    From open spaces in Singapore and a remote part of China, to revamped malls in the Philippines and Australia, to a greenbelt that gives vertical lift to apartment living, the five winners of the 2010 ULI Awards for Excellence: Asia Pacific all feature the latest technology, sustainable design, and artistic innovation. They not only enhance their own value, but also engage visitors and improve the quality of life for the millions who experience these projects.

  • 09-01-10

    Transportation Proposals Endeavor to Create Vibrant Communities

    Should developing countries follow the American model of urban design from the past several decades, which is largely car-based? An international exhibition, on display in New York City until September 11, explores ways to stem the spread of this model, in favor of alternatives that include Bus Rapid Transit and bicycles.
    The exhibition, “Our Cities Ourselves,” was organized by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy.

  • 09-01-10

    The Business of Sustainability

    Whenever Frank Navarro of Navarro Lowrey, Inc. discusses his experiences in green building with fellow developers, two questions inevitably arise: “How much does it cost?” and “are you getting higher rents?” These two issues—cost and return—are critical for real estate investment and development decision making, yet in the realm of green building, the available data is often mixed or unhelpful. So what can a developer do to ensure his or her investment in sustainable design is a successful one?