Author: Hortense Leon

Hortense Leon is a freelance writer based in South Florida.

Articles by Hortense Leon

  • South Florida Welcomes Newcomers, But How Long Can Cycle Last?
    Published on May 12, 2022 in Development
    At the 2022 ULI Miami Symposium in April, panelists gave their assessments of South Florida’s economy, with an emphasis on housing. The region faces a number of challenges, including traffic congestion, in addition to problems that affect the United States as a whole, such as inflation
  • Helping Make Downtown Fort Lauderdale More Connected, Sustainable, and Walkable
    Published on October 25, 2019 in Sustainability
    ULI Advisory Services panelists spent a week in October visiting various sites in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to evaluate buildings as well as the infrastructure, especially connected to the area’s water management. The panel made several recommendations for how the city of Fort Lauderdale, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), and local developers can create a greener, more connected, less congested, and more resilient downtown.
  • Two Developers Leverage Art and Placemaking in Miami
    Published on November 06, 2018 in Development
    Perhaps it is no coincidence that both Craig Robins, president and chief executive officer of real estate development company Dacra, and Kieran Bowers, president of Swire Properties, were schooled in the humanities before becoming real estate developers. Both spoke at the ULI Miami Investor Symposium about their careers and the influence of creative placemaking on their projects.
  • Two Infrastructure Projects Hope to Reshape a Growing Miami
    Published on October 31, 2018 in Development
    The ever-increasing traffic congestion in South Florida, a region that includes Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties, has not gone unnoticed by either local officials or private companies, both of which have been working on solutions to traffic woes for years. At ULI South Florida/Caribbean’s ULI Miami Investor Symposium in late October, two speakers—one from government and another from the private sector—laid out their plans to alleviate some of the congestion.