Author: Michael Hoban

Articles by Michael Hoban

  • From Mill City to Innovation Hub: Relocating a Global Headquarters Outside Boston
    Published on September 20, 2017 in Development
    Lowell, Massachusetts received a major boost in ongoing efforts to transform into a center of innovation when Kronos—a homegrown Massachusetts workforce management software and services company—decided to relocate its global headquarters, taking a half-million square feet (46,500 sq m) close to the city’s revitalized downtown.
  • Embracing Smarter Cities in India and South Korea
    Published on September 05, 2017 in Planning & Design
    Technological innovations are affecting nearly every facet of how societies function, but it is the corresponding evolution of human behavior—not the technology itself—that is driving how the next generation of cities around the globe is being built. That was the general feeling of a panel of large-scale developers—veritable city builders—assembled at the World Real Estate Forum by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Real Estate.
  • Drawing Employers to Tap Boston’s Well-Educated Talent Pool
    Published on April 24, 2017 in Market Trends
    In a survey released in January by the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate, Boston ranked third in desirability by foreign investors among U.S. cities (behind New York and Los Angeles). ULI Boston/New England recently hosted a program in which panelists discussed the thought processes of the leadership of the companies and investors who are wagering heavily on the continued success of the region.
  • Rethinking Public Housing in Mexico
    Published on January 23, 2017 in Planning & Design
    Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design recently released a report examining how urban planning and design interventions can help improve housing and urban development practice in Mexico, including densifying existing population centers with infill development and retrofitting infrastructure and services in areas where existing homes have been abandoned.
  • Creative Placemaking’s Positive Impact on Community Development
    Published on May 31, 2016 in Development
    “Creative placemaking” can mean different things to different stakeholders, but ULI’s recent Housing Opportunity 2016 conference offered participants some very different strategies as to how to incorporate the concept into their own projects.
  • Many Suburbs Dodging Issue of Affordable Housing
    Published on May 31, 2016 in Development
    With the trend toward urbanization increasingly pricing families out of housing in cities, one solution to the problem would be to simply construct more affordable multifamily housing stock in the suburbs.
  • Regulatory Environment One of Many Impediments to More Homeownership
    Published on May 31, 2016 in Market Trends
    Panelists at the recent ULI Housing Opportunity Conference discussed the impediments to low- to moderate-income wage earners achieving homeownership, saying that most large lenders and many regional and smaller lenders have lost their ability to originate layered mortgages, due to the increased complexity of the new regulatory environment.
  • Bridging the Digital Divide for Low-Income Residents
    Published on May 31, 2016 in Infrastructure
    Speaking at the recent ULI Housing Opportunity Conference, Rick Haughey, vice president of industry technology initiatives at the Washington, D.C.–based National Multifamily Housing Council, likened the wiring of the United States to the internet to the early development of the nation’s highways, but as a cautionary tale, creating unintended winners and losers in the process.
  • New England Mayors Facing Cities’ Affordable Housing Shortage
    Published on May 25, 2016 in Market Trends
    Despite a regional economy that is faring better than that in much of the United States, many of New England’s major cities are struggling to provide enough affordable housing for their middle-income workforce.
  • Housing 9 Million New Renters in the United States
    Published on February 26, 2016 in Market Trends
    According to a report by Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, the United States has seen an unprecedented increase in those living in rental housing, with nearly 9 million rental households added since 2005. While private lending has increased in the sector, new construction is largely focused on the higher end of the market.
  • ULI Boston Report Outlines Barriers, Solutions to Rising Seas
    Published on November 23, 2015 in Sustainability
    Despite the record harsh winter of 2014–2015 that dumped 111 inches (281 cm) of snow on the city of Boston and the not-so-distant (2012) memory of the near-hit of Hurricane Sandy, instituting measures to safeguard against the effects of climate change and rising seas will not be an easy sell with the region’s utilities, property owners, government agencies, or general public.
  • Choice Neighborhoods: Redeveloping Boston’s Quincy Corridor
    Published on August 10, 2015 in Planning & Design
    A development in Boston is the first of the five initial Choice Neighborhoods projects to be completed when HUD Secretary Julián Castro cut the ribbon on Quincy Heights, a 129-unit scattered-site housing redevelopment in Dorchester's Quincy Corridor.
  • What Can Boston Learn from Other Cities’ Olympic Bids?
    Published on June 11, 2015 in Planning & Design
    While the amount of public financing that would be required to stage the 2024 Summer Olympic Games in Boston remains an open question, ULI Boston/New England recently hosted a panel discussion focused on how such bids have paved the way for badly needed infrastructure and development projects in other cities.