Author: Patricia Kirk

Patricia Kirk is a freelance writer based in Southern California.

Articles by Patricia Kirk

  • Clearing the Way for Mass Timber Usage in Oregon
    Published on October 06, 2022 in Sustainability
    The Oregon Mass Timber Coalition was recently awarded a $41.4-million grant application led by the Port of Portland from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. The grant will be used to expand the production and use of mass timber to address three significant issues across Oregon: the worsening housing shortage, the increasing threat of wildfires, and the creation of good-paying jobs in communities still recovering from the pandemic. Anyeley Hallová is one of ULI's leaders in the Pacific Northwest helping to spread the adoption of mass-timber commercial buildings.
  • Hotel-to-Housing Conversions Proliferate
    Published on August 15, 2022 in Planning & Design
    Pandemic travel bans shut down many old, obsolete hotels for good. Now, investors are creating new product—from temporary shelter to affordable and market-rate housing.
  • Stakeholders Shaping a Shift in the Real Estate Industry to ESG Values
    Published on August 09, 2022 in Sustainability
    Mapping the future of real estate finds the industry taking a different path than in the past, with companies redesigning their business models around ESG goals.
  • Homing in on Housing: New, Innovative Fixes for Europe’s Urban Housing Affordability
    Published on June 10, 2022 in Development
    To find new solutions, speakers at the 2022 ULI Europe Conference said that it is important to not only understand what’s driving housing unaffordability but also consider the mismatch between who has the power to deal with the problem and who has the mandate to deal with the problem.
  • Belgium’s Prime Minister Sees a Decarbonized, Unified Future for Europe
    Published on May 26, 2022 in Economy, Market & Trends
    Belgium Prime Minister Alexander De Croo opened the 2022 ULI Europe Conference discussing the two crises impacting Europe: war on the European continent and the lingering global pandemic.
  • Planning for Two Transformative Waterfront Developments on San Diego County’s Chula Vista Bayfront
    Published on September 27, 2019 in Development
    Like bookends, two major developments are transforming southern San Diego County’s city of Chula Vista on its most eastern and western fronts: the 535-acre (216 ha) Chula Vista Bayfront development on the San Diego Bay, and Otay Ranch, which will provide nearly 10,000 acres (4,000 ha) of master-planned, multiuse development, with a projected population of more than 110,000.
  • Three Companies Making Construction and Building Operations Smarter and More Efficient
    Published on April 01, 2019 in Economy, Market & Trends
    Like other business sectors, innovative technology is having a disruptive impact on building construction, operations, and management, according to speakers at a ULI San Diego/Tijuana event in March, who discussed new technology used to cut time for project due diligence; make cost estimates accurate and construction more precise; improve building operations and efficiency; and enhance tenant engagement, comfort, and satisfaction.
  • California Looks at Housing Policy at the Local, State, and Federal Levels to Lower Costs
    Published on April 09, 2018 in Economy, Market & Trends
    California lost 138,000 people to domestic migration in the 12 months ended in July 2017, according to U.S. Census Bureau data, with most of those departing being lower- and middle-income workers destined for Arizona, Texas, or Nevada. At a recent ULI San Diego/Tijuana event, land use experts discussed what is being done at the local, state, and federal levels to ease the cost of housing in California’s populous coastal areas.
  • Adapting to the Changing Expectations of Modern Hotel Users
    Published on February 28, 2018 in Planning & Design
    To meet the evolving expectations of today’s travelers, new hotels are being infused with active, social spaces that encourage interaction between guests, offer unique experiences with local flavor, and provide healthy lifestyle amenities, said experts speaking at a ULI San Diego/Tijuana event.
  • Apartments, High-End Retail Spurring Redevelopment of Tijuana’s Historic Downtown
    Published on May 18, 2017 in Development
    Tijuana’s historic Zona Centro, a 55-block downtown district and a ten-minute walk from the U.S. border, is undergoing a renaissance that is replacing taco stands and tourist curio shops with residential developments, great restaurants, collaborative workspaces, art galleries, bicycle stations, craft beer breweries, and other entertainment venues. To celebrate its progress, ULI San Diego/Tijuana has selected Zona Centro for the 2017 Emerging Healthy Places Award.
  • How San Diego’s Smart City Tech Is Reducing Traffic, Saving Energy
    Published on February 27, 2017 in Sustainability
    Leaders in transforming San Diego into a smarter city came together in February at a ULI San Diego/Tijuana breakfast program to discuss strides the city has made, what is coming next, and the need to get public buy-in for deploying technologies needed to advance the city’s Climate Action Plan goals, improve quality of life all residents, and accommodate future growth.
  • Reversing the Decline in California’s Workforce Housing
    Published on February 10, 2017 in Development
    The housing affordability gap in San Diego is among the highest in California, with the average household shelling out 35 percent of their income for housing, and one-quarter of the population spending half of their income on rent. Recently, ULI San Diego/Tijuana brought together multifamily housing experts with local government and community leaders to discuss creative ways to increase the workforce-housing stock.
  • Trading Up in Los Angeles: Replacing an Aging Racetrack with a New NFL Stadium
    Published on April 15, 2016 in Development
    National Football League team owners in January gave their blessing to plans to return the Rams to Los Angeles after a 20-year hiatus in St. Louis. The City of Champions Revitalization Initiative, as it's being called, is replacing Inglewood’s dated Hollywood Park racetrack with a sports-oriented, mixed-use development expected to create an immediate financial boon for the area.
  • Net-Zero-Energy Buildings Setting High Bar for Sustainability
    Published on November 13, 2015 in Sustainability
    Net-zero-energy (NZE) buildings were the focus at a recent conference in California, a state that has mandated that all new commercial buildings must be net-zero energy by 2030, and 50 percent of the existing commercial structures must be retrofitted.
  • Oakland Rising
    Published on October 02, 2015 in Development
    Across San Francisco Bay, Oakland is undergoing a building surge as rising rents in San Francisco drive workers and small businesses to seek affordability.
  • Not Just Retail—It’s a Whole New Bloc
    Published on July 27, 2015 in Economy, Market & Trends
    An unloved, enclosed downtown shopping mall is being opened up to create a “Rockefeller Center” for Los Angeles. The centerpiece of the project is an upscale 400,000-square-foot (37,000 sq m) outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment district.
  • Modernizing San Francisco’s Century-Old City Hall
    Published on June 08, 2015 in Sustainability
    Soon to celebrate its centennial, San Francisco’s historic City Hall was recently awarded LEED Platinum certification for Existing Buildings: Operation & Maintenance (EBOM), the oldest building in the United States to achieve the USGBC’s highest rating.
  • Making Sports-Oriented Mixed Use Work
    Published on April 29, 2015 in Mixed-Use
    The successful development of the Arena District in Columbus, Ohio, set into motion a nationwide flurry of development of urban sports-oriented entertainment districts, as municipal officials across the country reimagined their city centers as places where people live, work, and play.
  • Green Innovations Adding Market Value
    Published on February 27, 2015 in Sustainability
    Clean, renewable energy technologies are already powering homes, commercial buildings, and cars, but will soon be taking on heavier assignments, including moving trains, trucks, and even jets, experts said at a shared conference day of FutureBuild 2015 and the Green Marketmaker’s Conference, held in Los Angeles in late January through a partnership between ULI Los Angeles and VerdeXchange.
  • Addressing Rising Sea Levels in South Florida and the California Coast
    Published on September 26, 2014 in Sustainability
    State and municipal governments are taking steps to ensure the safety of their coastal communities by implementing more stringent design and building standards for new construction and redevelopments. They also are beginning to replace old infrastructure.
  • A Flexible Design Showcase: CBRE’s World Headquarters in Los Angeles
    Published on June 09, 2014 in Planning & Design
    Inside the brokerage giant's new WELL-certified commercial office space.
  • Designing Healthier Places with Value in Mind
    Published on April 02, 2014 in Sustainability
    At the ULI Building Healthy Places Conference, developers talked about incorporating healthier features into their projects at low cost while adding value for the occupants.
  • Building Healthier Master-Planned Communities
    Published on April 02, 2014 in Development
    Four developers of master-planned communities discussed the health-related aspects of their projects during the “Legacy of Building Healthy Places” session at ULI’s Building Healthy Places conference, held in February in Los Angeles.
  • Solar Decathlon: Creating a Cutting-Edge Village in Orange County
    Published on December 16, 2013 in Sustainability
    The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon was held October 3 to 13 at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California, attracting nearly 64,000 visitors.
  • Checking In: Chicago’s Hotel Resurgence
    Published on October 10, 2013 in Hotels/Resorts
    Chicago is experiencing a surge of hotel development—and seeing the repurposing of classic historic structures in the process.
  • Next Step for Chicago’s Bloomingdale Trail: A Broader Identity
    Published on August 02, 2013 in Public Spaces
    What for a decade had been referred to either as the “Bloomingdale Trail” or simply “the Bloomingdale” will be referred to going forward as “the 606,” it was announced in June by the Trust for Public Land (TPL), a national nonprofit organization that conserves land for public open space. The number denotes the zip-code prefix shared by all Chicagoans and alludes to the trail’s origin as a rail line.
  • Chicago’s Bloomingdale Trail Takes Rail-to-Trail Concept to Next Level
    Published on June 19, 2013 in Infrastructure
    Work will begin this summer to transform an abandoned 2.7-mile (4.4 km) stretch of elevated railway in Chicago into the Bloomingdale Trail, the city’s only pedestrian greenway and bike path running east to west, which ultimately will connect pedestrians and cyclists to trails that stretch all the way to the Indiana state line.
  • Civita: San Diego’s New City within the City
    Published on April 19, 2013 in Planning & Design
    The Civita mixed-use development is a model for San Diego’s “City of Villages” planning strategy. But the development’s progressive ideas blazed new territory, and nearly a decade passed before the developer obtained approvals to begin construction.
  • Tracking Capital in a Post-Recession Market
    Published on October 24, 2012 in Capital Markets
    In search of better returns, investors are finding their way back to real estate.
  • Making Mixed-Income Housing Work
    Published on June 19, 2012 in Residential/Multifamily
    Over the past decade, mixed-income housing has been rising in popularity across the country, with progressive cities providing housing for lower-income residents alongside more affluent ones. "[Traditional] lenders have not yet bought into the concept," says private developer John Huskey, president of Los Angeles–based Meta Housing Inc., but he hopes traditional lenders will accept this concept, much as they did mixed-use development a decade ago. "We’re demonstrating that you can get market rents alongside affordable housing," he says.
  • Restoring Value to Faded Hollywood Apartments
    Published on March 14, 2012 in Planning & Design
    Known as the Duke of Art Deco, Dave Goldstein has made a profitable business out of his hobby of restoring vintage apartment buildings. They now draw above-market rents, which is helping stabilize values in neighborhoods where film stars and future presidents once dwelled.
  • Shoring Up Water Supply
    Published on December 28, 2011 in Sustainability
    Cities across the United States anticipate significant water challenges caused by climate change and are updating their water management plans to address areas of vulnerability and prepare for the worst.
  • Hotel Recovery
    Published on September 27, 2011 in Hotels/Resorts
    The U.S. hotel sector, now rebounding from the Great Recession, is on more solid footing thanks to a return to core real estate principles and conservative lending practices, creating the stability required to respond to changing customer values. Read about the trends in hotel development, possible changes driven by technology, and where the boutique hotels are leading the brand hospitality firms.
  • Economics Give Power of Film New Meaning
    Published on August 03, 2011 in Economy, Market & Trends
    Competition for high-paying jobs has the film industry playing an ever-larger role in economic development in places other than California and New York. Forty U.S. states and most Canadian provinces now offer some type of tax credit for in-state production. And local governments are sweetening the pot with offers of free money, land, public financing, and other incentives.
  • Redefining Creative Space
    Published on July 27, 2011 in Office
    Digital technology revolutionized the way entertainment professionals work, bringing about a convergence of media, entertainment, and technology that allows creative companies to downsize their workspace and locate wherever they please. Read about districts that are attracting entertainment firms with their interesting, edgy architecture and attractive lifestyle amenities and services.
  • Developers Give Gen Y What They Want
    Published on June 01, 2011 in Residential/Multifamily
    Most economists agree that home sales will remain in a slump for at least the next few years, but demand for apartments is accelerating. This trend is expected to continue over the next decade, due largely to the echo boom generation's (Echo Boomers) coming of age and entering the rental market.
  • Sustainable Momentum Building Next-Generation Cities
    Published on April 07, 2011 in Sustainability
    Increasing concern about the impact of growth on climate change has prompted governments worldwide to implement policies and initiatives aimed at growing communities in climate-positive ways. Read how some local and state governments have taken on the heavy lifting involved in meeting this challenge.
  • Doing It Nature’s Way
    Published on February 09, 2011 in Sustainability
    To shift sustainable development to a new level, design professionals are turning to biomimicry, a way to understand and apply a particular location’s “genius of place” to designing buildings and communities. Find out how architectural-engineering firm HOK and the Montana-based Biomimicry Guild are using bio-inspired design adaptations in two new communities in a deciduous forest in India.
  • Zero-Energy Homes for the Masses
    Published on February 03, 2011 in Sustainability
    Growing consumer awareness of green building benefits is increasing demand for sustainable features—a trend that got a boost when California set zero-energy guidelines for new residential and commercial development of 2020 and 2030, respectively. Read how builders are offering new homes that produce as much energy as they use, at price points comparable to those for traditionally built homes.
  • Silk Purse or Sow’s Ear: Navigating the Busted Deal Landscape
    Published on November 04, 2010 in Economy, Market & Trends
    The real estate bust left the nation’s urban landscape littered with deteriorating, unfinished projects. After sitting untouched, some failed projects are finally getting a second chance as banks begin offering them to investors at steep discounts to clear their books and replenish capital reserves. Read about important considerations for undertaking these projects and about some of the success stories.