Author: Michael Mehaffy

Strategic consultant, planner, urban and building designer, architectural theorist, researcher, educator, author and public speaker on leading advances in urban development. Project manager and/or owner representative for industry-leading projects, with an international practice based in Portland, OR. Ph.D. in architecture at Delft University of Technology.

Articles by Michael Mehaffy

  • Which Cities Are the World’s Most Innovative?
    Published on March 01, 2013 in Market Trends
    The Wall Street Journal and Citi have announced that Medellín, Colombia, is the winner of the “City of the Year” competition, a global program developed in partnership with the Urban Land Institute to recognize the most innovative urban centers.
  • New ULI Real Estate Consensus Forecast Sees Improving Economy
    Published on March 30, 2012 in Market Trends
    The ULI Real Estate Consensus Forecast indicates economic strengthening through 2014. The new forecast, released March 28, is based on a survey of 38 leading economists and real estate analysts and will be issued twice a year.
  • Good Morning, Vietnam
    Published on January 26, 2012 in
    Vietnam has arrived on the international property development market in a big way—and brought with it a strikingly international style. But uncertainties linger about the future.
  • Sovereign Debt Crisis: Implications for Europe
    Published on December 01, 2011 in Fall Meeting
    Despite the unfolding financial crisis in Europe, opportunities still exist for real estate investors, panelists said at the Urban Land Institute’s 2011 Fall Meeting in Los Angeles.
  • The Panama Canal Expansion and Impact on Industrial Real Estate
    Published on November 29, 2011 in Market Trends
    While some experts had proclaimed a major expansion of the Panama Canal to be a “game-changer,” a panel of specialists at the Urban Land Institute’s 2011 Fall Meeting in Los Angeles last week reported that a combination of other factors will likely result in only moderate changes as a result of the canal’s expansion, possibly obscured by other, larger economic trends.
  • Postindustrial Development: A Growing Opportunity for Sustainable Development
    Published on November 29, 2011 in Fall Meeting
    In a “speed learning session” at ULI’s 2011 Fall Meeting, two academics from the University of Illinois reported notable successes and challenges in the growing trend of “postindustrial redevelopment”—coordinated redevelopment of urban areas offering underused industrial and residential land. Read more to learn about new approaches that are achieving important successes in sustainable development.
  • Reports of the Death of GSEs May Be Greatly Exaggerated
    Published on October 28, 2011 in Fall Meeting
    In light of predictions of the death of government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs), panelists at ULI’s Fall Meeting were asked to predict what they thought might replace the business currently handled by GSEs like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and what impact that shift might have for the market. Read more to learn what industry insiders expect to see happen with the GSEs over the next two to five years.
  • Recovery in the U.S. economy is well underway—but continued unemployment and the European debt crisis are leaving a “global stagnation cloud”
    Published on October 28, 2011 in Fall Meeting
    At the ULI 2011 Fall Meeting, a panel of real estate experts reported some good news: The U.S. economy has rebounded, and there are few signs at present of a double-dip recession. Nonetheless, there are clear signs of stagnation and underperformance, growth has been uneven, and the European debt crisis and the politically uncertain environment still threaten the economic recovery.
  • Competitiveness Depends on Education Infrastructure
    Published on August 16, 2011 in Spring Meeting
    In the next 15 years, just 600 global cities are projected to account for 60 percent of all economic activity. This will diminish the role of nation-states in establishing competitiveness, says Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University, and put the burden on cities to secure their own competitiveness. Read how this challenge has fueled ASU’s new role in the Phoenix region.
  • Public/Private Partnerships: A Key to Adaptability for 21st Century Cities
    Published on May 25, 2011 in Spring Meeting
    “In the next 15 years, just 600 global cities are projected to account for 60 percent of all economic activity,” said Michael Crow, president of ASU, in a closing keynote speech at the ULI Spring Council Forum. This will put the burden on cities, rather than nation-states, to secure their own competitiveness. Read how this challenge has fueled the university’s new role within the Phoenix region.
  • How Are Public/Private Partnerships Faring in Today’s Tough Environment?
    Published on May 25, 2011 in Spring Meeting
    In the current environment of budget cuts, how does infrastructure for projects get financed? Four national experts at a panel discussion on public/private partnerships at the ULI Spring Council Forum said that public financing is not dead, but that it’s critical to demonstrate value for money. Read their suggestions about how projects can still pencil out with cities so financially strapped.
  • Another View of Closed-End Funds
    Published on February 16, 2011 in Market Trends
    In the wake of the financial crisis, there has been some recent discussion of the role of real estate financial markets in contributing to the crisis. Jeremy Newsum, ULI chairman, has some pointed criticisms of closed-end funds. Simon Treacy, Group CEO of MPGA, and a ULI member, offers his views on the topic of closed-end funds and their role in providing investors access to otherwise inaccessible markets.
  • Reduce, Reuse-Renovate
    Published on January 28, 2011 in Sustainability
    As chronic weakness continues in U.S. greenfield development markets, inner-city regeneration remains a relative bright spot—and indications are that it is getting brighter. Adaptive use projects are getting particular attention, thanks in part to increasing government incentives. Read what industry changes are thought capable of altering the development environment permanently.
  • Japan Emerges from the Tohoku Earthquake with Notably Different Lifestyles—and Different Real Estate Markets
    Published on September 04, 2010 in Fall Meeting
    At ULI’s recent 2011 Fall Meeting, a panel of experts reported notable differences in the Japanese economy and way of life after the devastating earthquake and tsunami, including an increase in time spent at home, decreases in urban retail and restaurant activities, lower demand for oceanfront and high-rise properties, and greater emphasis on energy conservation and disaster resilience. Read more.