Author: Elizabeth Razzi
Elizabeth Razzi is Editor in Chief of Urban Land. She has been a writer and editor for The Washington Post, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, and other publications. She can be reached at Elizabeth.Razzi@ULI.org.
Articles by Elizabeth Razzi
- UL Interview: Thomas W. Toomey, Incoming ULI Global Chairman
Published on June 26, 2017 in Inside ULI
The chairman and chief executive officer of multifamily real estate investment trust UDR becomes ULI global chairman in July. He discusses ULI’s evolving global structure—and the virtue of constant self-improvement for individuals and organizations alike.
- Eat, Drink, Shop—and Relax
Published on February 15, 2017 in Planning & Design
We might have called this our “having fun” issue, considering how much discussion there is throughout about shopping, dining, traveling, and otherwise enjoying leisure time.
- Meet the 2016 Urban Land 40 Under 40
Published on December 22, 2016 in Market Trends
Urban Land magazine proudly presents its new group of 40 Under 40 winners, selected in a program that draws on ULI’s global reach to identify and celebrate some of the best and brightest young professionals across all land use disciplines.
- Global Issues through a Texas Lens
Published on October 15, 2016 in Development
Urban Land’s global readership might well look at this issue’s cover package, which focuses on land use examples in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, area, and wonder what’s in it for them.
- UL Interview: Ngee Huat Seek
Published on September 26, 2016 in Capital Markets
A renowned global investor and the chairman of ULI Asia Pacific reflects on opportunity and risk in a low-interest-rate environment.
- This Issue: A Deeper Look at Homes
Published on August 01, 2016 in News
The place we call home dictates so much of the rest of our lives—not least of which is the amount of money available for the rest of life’s necessities and pleasures.
- This Issue: The Waterfront Bargain
Published on June 15, 2016 in Market Trends
As I write about the articles in this issue, the image of a beachgoer bargaining with the tide comes to mind.
- This Issue: The Philadelphia Story
Published on April 05, 2016 in Market Trends
Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant told one story about this great city. But, to most Americans, whether they have set foot on Philadelphia soil or came to know it only through their history lessons, few cities are as familiar.
- This Issue: Convenience, Conviviality, and Charm
Published on February 05, 2016 in Market Trends
While density is the cover topic of this issue of Urban Land, it would be fair to say that density is a prevailing theme of this magazine’s content throughout the year.
- 40 Under 40—and Other Thoughts on the Future
Published on January 05, 2016 in Market Trends
Our last issue of 2015 always takes a look forward. The Emerging Trends in Real Estate® 2016 report, of course, calls attention to what ULI members expect in coming years. We summarize the results of the U.S. and Canada survey in this issue; those for the Asia Pacific region and Europe will be covered in our next issue.
- Examining Demographic Trends—and Picking Apart the Myths
Published on October 19, 2015 in Market Trends
Demographics exert a great influence on real estate, and a panel of experts at ULI’s Fall Meeting examined major population trends—and some myths about them, such as the notions that members of the millennial generation are not interested in owning their own homes and people are losing interest in suburban life.
- San Francisco Fed President Cites Concern over Real Estate Prices
Published on October 07, 2015 in Capital Markets
By most measures, the U.S. economy remains strong, and the Federal Reserve is likely to begin increasing interest rates before the end of the year, John C. Williams, president of the San Francisco Federal Reserve, told ULI Trustees and Foundation Governors.
- This Issue: Surveying San Francisco
Published on September 15, 2015 in Market Trends
Urban Land covers a lot of ground in this issue—and it happens to be some of the best-loved ground in the United States, the area surrounding San Francisco Bay.
- Better Than It Used to Be!
Published on September 01, 2015 in Market Trends
Over dinner recently, my husband and I joked about hyperbole in marketing and how we have grown accustomed to it.
- Ten Gen Y Myths, Challenged
Published on July 13, 2015 in Market Trends
Examining the misconceptions about millennials and housing as discussed in ULI's recent report, Gen Y and Housing: What They Want and Where They Want It.
- Rising Rents—and Repurcussions
Published on June 29, 2015 in Residential/Multifamily
Residential rents are at the crisis level, according to real estate economists who addressed a gathering of the National Association of Real Estate Editors in Miami last week. In addition to crowding out renters’ other budget items, including necessities such as dental care, the ongoing lack of affordability is hindering the market for home purchases.
- Three Generations Walk into a Mall
Published on June 15, 2015 in Market Trends
Normally, I am not one to shop for recreation’s sake. But the same cannot be said of my aunt (and namesake) Elizabeth Ann.
- Practical Considerations Can Make or Break Mixed Use
Published on May 21, 2015 in Market Trends
Creating a thriving mixed-use property is not nearly as simple as putting retail space on the ground floor of a multifamily residential building, even though that is just what many local officials and planners like to dictate, according to a panel of experts at the ULI Spring Meeting in Houston.
- The “Unprecedented” Flow of Capital to U.S. Markets
Published on May 18, 2015 in Capital Markets
The U.S. real estate market remains awash in foreign capital, but those providing the funds are much more disciplined and better informed than in the past, a panel of real estate finance experts said at the 2015 ULI Spring Meeting in Houston.
- Funding the Next Wave of Key Transportation Projects
Published on May 14, 2015 in Infrastructure
Increasingly, it is the ability—and willingness—of state and local governments to pay the ongoing cost of operation and maintaining new transportation projects that dictates whether capital will be invested in the infrastructure itself, according to a panel of experts at the ULI Spring Meeting in Houston.
- Two If by Sea: The Urban Implications of Living with Water
Published on March 09, 2015 in Sustainability
ULI Boston/New England recently published a report, The Urban Implications of Living with Water, drawn from a charrette charged with exploring strategies for dealing with the effects of rising sea levels. It addresses four areas of Boston: the historic Back Bay neighborhood, Revere Beach, the Alewife Quadrangle, and the Innovation District.
- Tomorrow Land
Published on February 15, 2015 in Market Trends
Often I need to pause to remember not only what day it is, but what month it is.
- This Issue: Finding the 40
Published on December 15, 2014 in News
This issue of Urban Land culminates an ambitious project: identifying 40 real estate professionals from around the world who, by age 40, have gone about their craft with a sense of innovation, dedication—and sheer gusto—to a degree that makes them pacesetters in land use and development.
- Waterfronts, Resilience—and a New York Preview
Published on September 15, 2014 in Market Trends
Perhaps you’ve noticed that this issue of Urban Land arrived in your mailbox a little bit earlier than usual.
- Beyond Golf and Water Aerobics
Published on July 15, 2014 in News
One of my many fond memories of my grandfather is of him, in his late 80s, protecting my cousin, Kathleen, by killing a garden snake that he thought was threatening her.
- 40 Under 40: Whom Will You Nominate?
Published on May 20, 2014 in Market Trends
Join Urban Land magazine in identifying the top 40 young professionals from around the globe.
- Design, Finance, Flexibility–and Last Call
Published on May 15, 2014 in Market Trends
- Far Flung and Home Grown
Published on May 01, 2014 in Market Trends
It is fitting that, as ULI prepares for the first time to venture outside the United States to hold one of its major annual gatherings—the Spring Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, beginning April 8—this issue of Urban Land has a thoroughly global streak.
- Making Public Spaces Work Overtime
Published on April 16, 2014 in Planning & Design
As people increasingly embrace the idea of trading sprawl and traffic congestion for life in high-density communities, demand is growing for well-planned public spaces, including community gardens, pocket parks, rooftop gardens, and reclaimed industrial land.
- Hollywood North
Published on April 07, 2014 in Market Trends
You never know who—or what—Vancouver’s film, television, and video game industries will bring to town.
- Looking Ahead to 2014
Published on December 15, 2013 in Sustainability
Resorts may be where we go to recover from the stresses of daily life, but the industry itself was in need of some TLC in recent years.
- Expo Astana 2017
Published on December 09, 2013 in Planning & Design
Expo 2017, planned for Astana, Kazakhstan, and designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, may give the world an expo village that rates triple net zero.
- Urban Land’s Debut on Your Mobile Device
Published on November 21, 2013 in Market Trends
We are particularly excited to present this issue of Urban Land. It is the first available to readers through an app on their iPad, iPhone, Android, or other mobile device—with the same layout, photography, and features offered in the printed version you hold in your hands.
- Sam Zell on Risk, Margin, and Mentors
Published on November 07, 2013 in Capital Markets
Defining risk—understanding and defining the downside of any investment—is the key to succeeding as a real estate entrepreneur, Sam Zell, founder of Equity Group Investments and chairman of Equity International, told attendees at the ULI Fall Meeting in Chicago.
- Water and Concrete: Looking at Chicago’s Aqua Tower
Published on October 25, 2013 in Planning & Design
Chicago's Aqua Tower is an 82-story concrete structure with more than 1.9 million square feet (176,500 sq m); tenth-tallest building in Chicago. Rated LEED-NC (for new construction) under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program of the U.S. Green Building Council. Construction cost is estimated at $300 million per GreenSource magazine.
- Site Visit
Published on October 25, 2013 in Fall Meeting
A visual guide to some of the Chicago locations mentioned in Urban Land Fall magazine.
- Tacking the Legacy of Foreclosure
Published on October 21, 2013 in Residential/Multifamily
A new land bank in Cook County, Illinois, plans to get vacant foreclosed homes back to productive life.
- Thinking Outside the Buildings
Published on July 30, 2013 in Market Trends
There is no lack of outdoor community festivals in the United States. Spring, summer, fall—and occasionally in winter—there is a cornucopia of arts fests, fringe festivals, beer festivals, county fairs, church picnics, and fire department bazaars, all of which help set the identity of that community.
- Case Study: Shanghai Tower
Published on July 02, 2013 in Planning & Design
Set to open in July 2013 at 2,074 feet (632 m), Shanghai Tower will be the tallest building in China and second tallest in the world. With nine zones, each comprising 12 to 15 stories and dedicated to retail, office, hotel, and observation/cultural facility uses, the building will be a self-contained city, says Dan Winey, regional managing principal for Gensler.
Published on May 15, 2013 in Mixed-Use
When we talk about mixed-use development, we don’t typically have in mind a compound featuring bail bondsmen, pawn shops, and garages that specialize in muffler repair.
- Case Study: San Diego Central Library
Published on April 12, 2013 in Planning & Design
Funded by the California State Library, Centre City Development, the San Diego Unified School District, and private donors the nine-story library will feature a 350-seat auditorium, three-story domed reading room, 400-seat multipurpose room, and underground parking for 250 vehicles. The sixth and seventh floors will be used as a charter high school, with its own ground-level entrance and lobby, elevators, and stairwell.
- From Towpath to Tomorrow
Published on March 15, 2013 in Infrastructure
As I was working on this issue of the magazine, my mind often wandered to thoughts of the Industrial Revolution—what it must have been like to live through the transition from societies that tended farms and crafted harvests into marketable goods to a life based on hourly wages, factories, and mills—and to progress.
- Warming Up to Risk
Published on February 22, 2013 in Sustainability
We look at risk in its many forms, whether it comes from financial markets, government policies, severe weather, changing consumer demand—or the unseen threat that creeps up while you’re planning for one of those challenges. Resilience is a competitive advantage—it’s the new, improved atmosphere that replaces a fallen sky.
- It’s Just a Game—with Real-City Issues
Published on February 14, 2013 in Planning & Design
The designer of the new SimCity offers gamers the world.
- ULI Foundation: Outcome-Oriented Philanthropy
Published on February 11, 2013 in Market Trends
To James J. Curtis III, chairman of the ULI Foundation (ULIF), the fundamental purpose of the Urban Land Institute is a lofty one: to help people live better lives by building a better world for them.
- Connecting the Dots
Published on December 19, 2012 in Market Trends
We chose the theme of this issue, Connect, about a year ago, with no way of knowing how relevant it would be in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which demonstrated vividly how much connection matters.
- Adaptability—and Sustainability—Are Keys to Coping with the New Economy
Published on November 02, 2012 in Fall Meeting
How best to adapt to a fast-changing, tech-enabled world? Government and private-sector leaders point to sustainability, education—and keeping an eye on what people are eagerly sharing rather than buying.
- U.S. Mayors/Rose Fellows Outline Plans for Their Cities’ Transformations
Published on October 24, 2012 in Fall Meeting
Seven big-city mayors, all fellows of the ULI Rose Center for Public Leadership, outline plans to revitalize areas of their cities.
- Imagining Children at Play in the Streets of the New American City
Published on October 17, 2012 in Fall Meeting
Imagine a new city as if you had a magic wand and could create a place that makes its residents happy, Enrique Penalosa, president of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, challenged ULI members attending the Fall Meeting in Denver Oct. 17.
- San Francisco Named Top City in 2013 Real Estate Forecast
Published on October 17, 2012 in Fall Meeting
The real estate recovery will continue in 2013 as modest gains in leasing, rents, and pricing will extend across U.S. markets and improve prospects for all property sectors.
- Transportation and Globalism
Published on September 05, 2012 in Infrastructure
A review of this issue of Urban Land brings two themes to mind: transportation and globalism. They are intimately intertwined, of course, with advances in transportation—along with the internet—enabling today’s global economy.
- Duke Energy CEO Talks Conservation with ULI Members
Published on June 14, 2012 in Sustainability
There are not enough people with long-term vision, particularly when it comes to investments that can significantly reduce energy use, Duke Energy Chief Executive Officer James E. Rogers said in his keynote address at the ULI Spring Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, in May.
- Bringing Human Scale to China’s Cities
Published on June 13, 2012 in Public Spaces
Peter Calthorpe, a ULI J.C. Nichols Award laureate, promotes breaking down the Asian phenomenon of superblocks—massive residential complexes that leave long stretches between intersections, isolating people and frustrating pedestrians.
- Investment, Development Potential of China’s Inland Cities Is Rising
Published on June 03, 2012 in Development
China’s emerging inland cities such as Chengdu, Wuhan, Xi’an, and Changsha are gaining attention for real estate investment and development opportunities, a trend that suggests a pullback from some of China’s mature coastal markets that are perceived as overbuilt, according to a report released by ULI at its inaugural Asia Pacific Summit in Beijing in May.
- High-Performance Workplaces
Published on June 01, 2012 in Industry Sectors
On any given morning, will your workplace be unreachable because a power failure rendered the doorway security system inoperable?
- Living Cities
Published on April 16, 2012 in Spring Meeting
- ULI Trustee C.Y. Leung chosen to lead Hong Kong
Published on March 26, 2012 in Development
ULI Trustee and Founding Chairman of ULI Asia-Pacific, C. Y. Leung, has been selected as Hong Kong’s next chief executive.
- A Merger of Cultures
Published on March 23, 2012 in Planning & Design
A “coincidence of destiny” links His Highness the Aga Khan with J.C. Nichols, one of ULI’s founders. An unexpected connection was discovered recently among a cathedral in Seville, Spain; a tower in Kansas City; and an etching in the glass award bestowed with the ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development.
- ULI Panel Analyzes Scenarios for the Only Washington, D.C., Building Designed by Mies van der Rohe
Published on March 16, 2012 in Development
A ULI panel assessed options for the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library in Washington, D.C., including adding stories and leasing space to generate money for repairs, and selling the historic landmark.
- Solar Decathlon Showcases Urbanism and Density
Published on February 15, 2012 in Planning & Design
“Overall, it’s interesting to see that a number of the student-designed houses are consciously transcending DOE’s constraints for the competition...[which] indicates that these students are interested in pursuing a deeper strategy of sustainability,” noted Uwe Brandes, an architect and urban planner who is ULI senior vice president of initiatives.
- Change Agents
Published on February 15, 2012 in Capital Markets
When a new editor takes the helm of a publication, it is reasonable for readers to wonder what changes are in store.
- Leadership: Q&A with Smedes York
Published on December 13, 2011 in ULI Day, December 14, 2011
ULI trustee Smedes York served as chairman from 1989 to 1991. He is chairman of York Properties Inc. in Raleigh, North Carolina, and was mayor of that city from 1979 to 1983. Smedes is a second-generation ULI leader from the York family and here discusses the current economic and real estate markets, his experience, and his views for the future.
- Changing Partnerships: ULI Goes Global
Published on December 13, 2011 in ULI Day, December 14, 2011
"You have to look globally because the world has been globalizing over the last 20 years," says Richard M. Rosan, president of the ULI Foundation, which supports ULI through philanthropy. He also served as ULI’s chief executive for 17 years, during which he led the expansion abroad.
- ULI’s Rose Center Addresses Fiscal Distress
Published on December 02, 2011 in Development
Local governments need to reevaluate their services—and identify other sources that could help provide them—in order to cope with ongoing fiscal distress, speakers at a recent roundtable say.
- The Aga Khan Named 2011 Laureate of J.C. Nichols Prize
Published on December 01, 2011 in Development
His Highness the Aga Khan, leader of the nondenominational Aga Khan Development Network, has been named the 2011 laureate of the ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development.
- Seniors Housing
Published on November 30, 2011 in Fall Meeting
It's what everone will need, eventually. But what makes some seniors' housing projects succeed? Panelists at ULI's Fall Meeting in Los Angeles revealed the key attributes.
- Global City Ranking
Published on November 30, 2011 in Fall Meeting
New York continues to rank first among 35 top global cities ranked by the Mori Memorial Foundation in Japan, with London, Paris, Tokyo, and Singapore rounding out the top five.
- Remain Wary, Especially of Leverage
Published on November 23, 2011 in Capital Markets
In a day that started with news of European leaders agreeing to a Greek-debt plan, and which would end with the Dow Industrial Index having surged 340 points, some of the industry’s top capital-market experts warned ULI 2011 Fall Meeting attendees to remain wary, especially of leverage. Read what panelists Simon Treacy, Michael G. McGaffrey, Kelvin Davis, Roy Hilton March, and Ron Sturzenegger had to say about capital markets.
- Sovereign Debt
Published on October 26, 2011 in Fall Meeting
Uncertainty about the fate of the euro, and whether some of the continent’s weaker economies will be able to maintain it as their currency, is already an impediment to investment, said one panelist at a session on the implications of the debt crisis for Europe at ULI’s Fall Meeting. Read more to learn why the European sovereign debt problem is seen as being as serious as 2008’s financial crisis.
- Solar-Home Competition Now Embraces Urban Needs
Published on October 05, 2011 in Sustainability
Notions of urbanism and density are creeping into the Solar Decathlon, a biennial solar-home competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. While many of the prototypes on display in late September in Washington, D.C., still had a suburban or rural live-off-the-grid purpose, some university groups have begun to design homes attuned to the needs of their schools’ urban settings.
- Keeping Cities Going Despite the Financial Crisis
Published on September 19, 2011 in Market Trends
Local governments need to reevaluate the services they deliver to constituents to cope with ongoing fiscal distress, according to government and private sector leaders from the United States and Europe participating in a recent roundtable in Washington, D.C., that was sponsored by the German Marshall Fund and ULI’s Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use. Learn how governments are coping with the ongoing fiscal distress.