Stranded Assets: Realizing the Potential of Old Malls and Abandoned Office Parks

Owners and developers are rethinking their assets and how they can serve the occupants, residents, and their surrounding communities. How can designers transform these properties into destinations that have environmental, social, and economic benefits?

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In Brief: Growing Number of U.S. Suburbs See Renters Outnumber Owners

Renters are now the majority in more than 100 U.S. suburbs that were previously homeowner territory 10 years ago, according to an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by Yardi’s RentCafé. Another 57 suburbs are expected to follow suit in the next five years, with many of these suburbs belong to the Miami, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles metros.

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Destination Crenshaw: A Model for Community Engagement in Los Angeles

Destination Crenshaw, a transformative 1.3 mile infrastructure project scheduled to open in fall 2022, was the focus of a ULI Los Angeles virtual event in July, highlighting plans to boost the Crenshaw community through economic development, job creation, and environmental healing, while elevating Black art and culture.

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From Ordinary to Extraordinary: Added Density and Mixed Use, Vancouver’s Mall Redevelopments Charge Ahead

Vancouver has become a forerunner in repurposing aging retail centers, transforming them into massive mixed-use districts (MXDs) with residential, office, and hotel along with more appropriate retail.

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  • Solution File: Shared Parking Leads to Creative Solutions

    August 31, 2021

    A redevelopment of a 1980 strip center in a suburban town programs urban-style mixed uses with 1,500 fewer parking spaces than would have been required without sharing.

  • Innovative Developers Adding Value as Industrial Booms

    August 26, 2021

    With features such as mezzanine offices above warehouse spaces and shared-amenity areas in which people can exercise and socialize, developers are transforming the once-staid genre of industrial buildings by incorporating features comparable to those typically found in office and mixed-use projects, according to a recent ULI panel discussion. Panelists also described design changes made to facilitate the increasingly rapid movement of e-commerce goods and rooftop solar installations that can supply most of a building’s energy needs.

  • Fall Meeting Tour: BMO Tower + Fulton East

    August 24, 2021

    ULI MEMBER–ONLY CONTENT: At the ULI Fall Meeting in Chicago this year, attendees will have the chance to tour two new office towers and hear from their development teams about the measures taken to adapt to the new circumstances.

  • Life Science Investment on Record Pace for 2021

    August 23, 2021

    Life science investment volume is on a record pace in 2021, reaching $9 billion for the first half of 2021, according to 2021 Mid-Year Life Science Overview & Market Clusters, a new report by Newmark.

  • Fall Meeting Preview: Touring Wrigleyville’s New Mixed-Use Entertainment District

    August 18, 2021

    ULI MEMBER–ONLY CONTENT: Those who attend the 2021 ULI Fall Meeting in Chicago will have the opportunity to tour mixed-use development near Wrigley Field.

  • Building Small: Creating Community Equity with Smaller-Scale Development

    August 11, 2021

    In any industry, large-scale projects tend to draw more attention. However, there is also a lot to be said for building small, said Jim Heid, founder of Urban Green, and also a founding partner of CraftWork, a coworking and community hub in Healdsburg, California, speaking during a recent ULI webinar.

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