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Facing the Challenges of Affordable Senior Housing

The lack of affordable housing for the growing senior population in the United States is a looming crisis and deserves more attention and resources from both the private sector and government, according to a leading advocate for aging issues. But affordable senior housing can become a platform for integrating services for low-income seniors and be an economic driver in communities by more efficiently delivering health care and other long-term support.

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Attendees at the 2017 ULI Housing Opportunity conference take part in the "Post-Katrina Mixed Income Housing and Connections to Neighborhood Revitalization in the Historic Treme and Mid-City Neighborhoods" tour in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans.

From NIMBY to YIMBY: Making a More Compelling Case for Housing

Backing sympathetic elected officials, focusing on the human impacts of the housing shortage, and mobilizing nonvocal supporters for new projects are all effective ways to overcome NIMBY-ism over affordable housing projects, a panel of advocates said during the ULI Housing Opportunity 2017 Conference in New Orleans.

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A view of the Bienville Basin housing development, which was toured by attendees at the 2017 ULI Housing Opportunity conference. The tour was titled "Post-Katrina Mixed Income Housing and Connections to Neighborhood Revitalization in the Historic Treme and Mid-City Neighborhoods."

How Mixed-Income Housing Can Benefit Both Communities and Investors

More investors are warming up to the notion that mixed-income development can also be a relatively low-risk venture that offers a stable rate of return.

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A “power wall” to store electricity from solar panels was included but, anticipating an increase in ride sharing and the use of autonomous vehicles, the design team decided to forgo a garage.

A Net-Zero, Manufactured-Housing Concept for the Low-Energy Future

With California’s net-zero-energy mandate on the horizon—requiring new homes to generate as much power as they consume—a team made up of KB Home, KTGY Architecture + Planning, and publisher Hanley Wood late last year provided a glimpse of what they thought a home of the future might look like.

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Recent Articles

  • Innovations Driving Down Cost in Housing Design and Construction

    September 15, 2017

    Venture capitalists are jumping into the growing market for technology-based solutions for the affordable housing issues that communities around the globe are facing.

  • In Brief: Can Growth in Health Care and Other Categories Save America’s Malls?

    September 11, 2017

    A new report from CBRE highlights that the two categories occupying the most space in U.S. malls—department stores at 48.7 percent of gross leasable area, and apparel, accessories, and shoes at 29.4 percent—also posted relatively tepid retail-sales growth from 2011 to 2016. In contrast, categories with stronger retail-sales growth, such as health care, still account for relatively little occupancy of U.S. malls

  • Incorporating More Flexibility and Adaptability into U.K. Buildings, Economy

    September 5, 2017

    Flexibility—from the macro level of economies, education, and governmental impact, to the micro level of managing teams and where to put staircases in buildings—was an overarching theme throughout the ULI U.K. Annual Conference 2017. Land-use experts discussed the need to provide flexibility and adaptability in infrastructure, buildings, working practices, and management systems in a world that is changing quickly.

  • The City with (Almost) No Limits

    August 30, 2017

    As the only major U.S. city without formal zoning, Houston has a reputation as a freewheeling place where anything goes. But in truth, a complex patchwork of public and private regulation has evolved to impose order.

  • Forecast Calls for Slower Growth in California, But Bullish on Los Angeles

    August 28, 2017

    California may be easing into a soft landing with signs of “ebbing optimism” among developers on the three-year outlook for the state’s commercial and multifamily real estate markets. The latest Allen Matkins/UCLA Anderson Forecast California Commercial Real Estate Survey indicates slower growth ahead in the office, retail, and industrial sectors, but developers are more positive about opportunities in Orange County, Los Angeles, and San Diego.

  • In Brief: Apple’s High-Yielding Retail Space

    August 9, 2017

    Sales per square foot at all but a few public retailers have declined to an average of $325 ($3,498 per sq m), down from nearly $375 ($4,036 per sq m) in the early 2000s, according to research by CoStar. But while e-commerce has been disruptive to traditional retailers, several companies, including Apple, Tiffany, and lululemon, have managed to increase sales.

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