Author: Gideon Berger

Articles by Gideon Berger

  • Video: ULI Rose Fellowship Mayors Discuss How to Build 21st Century Cities
    Published on November 14, 2011 in
    America’s central cities are using land use planning and economic development initiatives to improve the quality of life that cities can offer residents and businesses and to be more competitive in the 21st Century.
  • Mayor Lee Calls PPPs and Redevelopment Keys to San Francisco’s Economic Future
    Published on October 10, 2011 in
    San Francisco is using private/public partnerships to transform formerly blighted areas into the city’s new economic engines, according to Mayor Edwin M. Lee on a recent visit to the Urban Land Institute as the inaugural speaker for the ULI “Urban Innovators” series, launched as part of ULI's 75th anniversary. Read what successful measures Mayor Lee highlighted in private/public partnerships and redevelopment to help create new economic engines in San Francisco.
  • How Will Big Box Retail Affect D.C.?
    Published on September 21, 2011 in
    On September 8, the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., hosted a panel discussion on how big-box development is affecting that city’s planning, land use, transportation, and economy as part of its DC Builds lecture series. Read how the opening of four new Wal-Mart stores—estimated to bring in a combined $200 million a year in sales—is poised to affect D.C.’s retail leakage problem.
  • Human Capital as an Economic Driver
    Published on May 19, 2011 in
    Cities that will succeed in the 21st Century will have to be well managed, vibrant, educated, have raw materials, be entrepreneurial and have available capital, according to ULI senior resident fellow and former Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy. Read what he and other panelists offered as keys to building a city that will succeed.
  • Future of Retail and Commercial Market Barometer
    Published on May 19, 2011 in
    Under the “new normal” of retailing, shopping is an “experiential” activity done in more urban settings, there are lots of un- or under-employed consumers focused on prices, and Wall Street performance correlates with retail trends. Jon Eisen, managing principal of The Eisen Group in Washington, D.C., offered this take at an industry roundtable at ULI’s Spring Council Forum in Phoenix, Arizona. Read what panelists had to say about the future of retail and commercial property.
  • Charlotte’s Rose Center Land Use Challenge Offers Lessons about Transit
    Published on April 20, 2011 in
    The main artery of Charlotte’s east side, Independence Boulevard has for decades been proposed for conversion to a freeway. But uncertainty about the transportation project’s timeframe as well as its final design has resulted in a trend of disinvestment on the city’s east side. Read what an expert panel from the ULI Rose Center suggested during a January study visit to make this plan succeed.
  • ULI Rose Center Helping Houston with Redevelopment of Multifamily Housing, Neighborhood Revitalization
    Published on March 16, 2011 in
    The ULI Rose Center invites the mayors of four cities to participate in the yearlong Daniel Rose Fellowship program, which begins at the ULI Fall Meeting. Read what the panel of experts who visited Houston, Texas, last December said in regard to that city’s attempts to stabilize declining neighborhoods by demolishing longstanding problem properties on the basis of health and safety violations.
  • The Making of Washington’s Biggest Deal: Constitution Square and the Art of Urban Development Today
    Published on October 16, 2010 in
    It took a Canadian bank without exposure to the U.S. subprime mortgage market to save the biggest real estate deal in Washington, D.C., during the darkest days of the credit crisis. It was Walton Street’s relationship with the Canadian TD Bank that enabled it to get the financing it needed. Read about how it was accomplished and how it has performed.
  • Innovative Financing Tools to Support Mixed Income Transit Oriented Development
    Published on October 14, 2010 in
    Complex new partnerships between philanthropic foundations, non-profit community development organizations, government and private lenders are emerging to provide much-needed financing for mixed-income transit oriented development in regions around the U.S., according to a panel at the Urban Land Institute’s October 2010 Fall Meeting and Urban Land Expo in Washington, D.C.
  • TOD Placemaking: Well-Designed TODs and Future Guidelines
    Published on September 27, 2010 in
    High-speed rail could be a catalyst for community building in California if we are able to “unlearn” what we currently know about transit-orient development in the US and successfully develop new implementation tools based on international models, according to a panel of urban design and development experts at California’s High-Speed Rail TOD Marketplace. Read more about what the experts discussed at the session.