Author: Jim Miara

Jim Miara is a freelance writer based in Needham, Massachusetts.

Articles by Jim Miara

  • The Reinvention of Kendall Square
    Published on February 17, 2012 in Development
    In its transition from an industrial economy to a knowledge-based one, Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has become the most robust innovation-based cluster in the nation—if not the world.
  • Why has Economic Stimulus Failed to Invigorate?
    Published on January 26, 2012 in Industry Sectors
    There seems to be a consensus that the stimulus programs have failed to meet the needs of the real estate sector, but objections appear to be directed more to tactics than to overall strategy, say several ULI council members.
  • Retrofitting Surge Slowed by the Economy
    Published on September 09, 2011 in Sustainability
    Before the economy crashed, commercial property owners thought long and hard about retrofitting their properties for efficiency and environmental reasons. But today, survival has become building owners’ overriding goal, with deep-diving retrofits slipping down—or off—the list of priorities. Read more to learn when industry analysts expect once again to see a major spike in the retrofitting trend.
  • Fannie and Freddie Downgrade
    Published on September 07, 2011 in Capital Markets
    On Monday, August 8, Standard & Poor’s downgraded the credit rating of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from AAA to AA+, the same lower rating it assigned the U.S. government the previous Friday. While most analysts say that the downgrade of Fannie and Freddie will have minimal impact on the cost of capital, there is a psychological component to the downgrade that has to be considered. Read more.
  • Detroit: The New Paradigm
    Published on July 21, 2011 in Development
    The good news for Detroit is that many inside and outside its borders understand the city’s importance and are working hard for its return to health. The city’s problems present unprecedented challenges, but the goal for urban development practitioners remains the same: help a staggering national treasure get back on its feet. Read what is being done to keep to keep Detroit from drying up and blowing away.
  • Fannie/Freddie Update
    Published on April 12, 2011 in Residential/Multifamily
    Republicans and Democrats are in rare agreement that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac failed in their mission to provide liquidity, stability, and affordability to the housing market and consequently should be either dismantled or radically altered. Lawmakers are virtually unanimous in the belief that the public/private Fannie/Freddie model is untenable. But there is a huge impediment to quick restructuring.
  • Permit Extension Law: Economic Stimulus or Unnecessary Maneuver?
    Published on September 20, 2010 in Development
    Four states have already enacted legislation that extends expiring building permits for additional periods of time, while several others currently debate the issue. Proponents tout the permit extension law as a low-cost economic stimulus initiative. Opponents of the blanket permit extensions say the laws are unnecessary and deprive municipalities of a formidable leveraging tool. What do you think?
  • Leveraging Models: The 63-20 Process
    Published on March 01, 2010 in Development
    Participation in the 63-20 bonding process offers ample incentives for developers.
  • Repositioning Office Markets
    Published on January 01, 2010 in Economy, Market & Trends
    In the current climate of economic distress,a common refrain among anxious observers is that the next shoe to drop will be commercial real estate, whose complex financing over the past decade has yet to be unraveled and, in the end, could send already fragile financial giants into a five-spiral crash.