Author: James Blumgart
James "Jake" Blumgart is a Philadelphia-based reporter, previously contributing to CityMonitor, PlanPhilly, and WHYY.
Articles by James Blumgart
- Creating Funding Mechanisms for a Revived Fairmount Park in Philadelphia
Published on June 23, 2022 in
Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park is the largest urban park system in the United States, sprawling along both sides of the Schuylkill River. A recent ULI Advisory Services panel on Fairmount Park highlighted the challenges facing the system.
- Bringing the Passive House Standard to New York City’s Affordable Housing
Published on May 16, 2022 in
The green building standard known as “Passive House” is starting to see adoption in New York City, where multiple new projects are opening soon.
- Tapping Federal Funds to Bring Equitable Infrastructure to St. Paul’s Rondo Neighborhood
Published on February 24, 2022 in Planning & Design
At ULI's Restorative Development: Infrastructure and Land Use Exchange forum in February, representatives of ReConnect Rondo shared their efforts to create a renewed neighborhood over Interstate 94 in Minnesota.
- A Decade in the Making, Transit-Oriented Vision for Fremont, California, Coming to Fruition
Published on January 26, 2022 in
An innovation district in Fremont, California, has helped revive a fading industrial expanse with access to San Francisco via Bay Area Rapid Transit.
- Opting for Softer Infrastructure to Reduce Miami’s Coastal Flood Risk
Published on October 28, 2021 in
Over the past year, a clash over how best to protect Miami from future storm surges showed both the perils and possibilities of projects intended to reduce the risk of flooding in high-value areas.
- As Online Shopping Increases, U.S. Infill Warehouse Sites Match Proximity to Labor and Customer Bases
Published on July 26, 2021 in Economy, Market & Trends
ULI MEMBER–ONLY CONTENT: The dramatic increase in online shopping in the United States has only further increased the appetite for properties close to population centers.
- Bringing More Class A Office Space Back to Kansas City’s Downtown
Published on July 15, 2021 in
ULI Member–Only Content: When first opened, City Center Square—also home to an indoor shopping mall and food court—was one of downtown Kansas City’s standout office towers. But after a half century, the building began to show its age, changing hands at 40 percent occupancy and the food court was down to just two vendors.
- Three Developers Greening the U.S. Housing Industry
Published on April 12, 2021 in
Much of the United States is walking a fine line between providing much-needed housing and also meeting federal, state, and local sustainability goals. Three panelists shared how the seek to meet or exceed or exceed those goals at the 2021 ULI Housing Opportunity Conference in March.
- Helping Small and Large U.S. Landlords Survive a Downturn
Published on March 29, 2021 in
As the new appointees at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development settle into their roles, they face challenges both old and new. Ethan Handelman, the new deputy assistant secretary of the agency’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs, addressed the 2021 ULI Housing Opportunity Conference in March.