Market Trends

Fast-Growing Urban Neighborhoods Attract Diverse Group of Residents and Workers

The population of urban neighborhoods in many metropolitan areas is growing as quickly or nearly as quickly as that of suburban neighborhoods, reflecting ongoing consumer demand—particularly among younger households—for walkable living environments that are convenient to jobs, transit, and urban amenities, according to new research published by ULI.

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In Brief: Dodge Momentum Index Up in May

The Dodge Momentum Index eked out a small gain in May, moving 1.8 percent higher to 167.8 (2,000=100) from the revised April reading of 164.9. May’s gain was the result of a 4.7 percent increase by the commercial component of the Momentum Index, while the institutional component fell 2.4 percent.

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Embracing Technology Is Key to Survival for Office and Retail Tenants

Disruptive technology—and the need to embrace it—will continue to influence office and retail tenants, as well as developers, panelists said at the ULI U.K. Annual Conference, held in early June in London.

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Converting Office Buildings to Communal Micro-Hotels in East Amsterdam

Nestled in a relatively quiet East Amsterdam neighborhood, a new kind of hotel has been racking up occupancy rates topping 90 percent for the past two years. Zoku is a modern take on the extended-stay hotel, where the visitors stay in fully outfitted micro-hotel rooms of 260 or 320 square feet (24 or 30 sq m) and relax and connect in the common areas on the top floor.

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Recent Articles

  • Smart Cities Must Focus on People, Experts Say

    June 7, 2018

    If smart cities are to serve their populations, the human element must remain crucial for their designers and developers, attendees at the 2018 ULI Asia Pacific Summit were told. A panel of developers, designers, and planners mulled over the development of the smart city in Asia during the summit, held in Hong Kong.

  • Outlook for Housing the Middle Class

    June 4, 2018

    How can the real estate industry do a better job of meeting the needs of middle-income renters and buyers?

  • KaDeWe: Operating on a Beating Heart in Berlin

    Berlin’s landmark luxury shopping center is being refreshed at a price in the hundreds of millions and with Rem Koolhaas at the helm.

  • Where Investors See Opportunity in Smaller, Midwestern Cities

    May 29, 2018

    With more than $3.6 billion in investment taking place in its downtown alone, Indianapolis has been on the radar of many out-of-state investors. At a recent ULI Indiana event, panelists described the investment appeal of secondary cities.

  • Beijing: How Should China Handle Redevelopment of a Historical Icon?

    A ULI Advisory Services panel was asked to focus on Beijing’s Qianmen East, a 56-hectare (138 ac) hutong neighborhood, consisting of interlinked communities of low-rise courtyard homes aligned in sequence along narrow alleys.

  • Office Landlords Increase Focus on Enhanced Workplace Experience to Retain Tenants

    May 21, 2018

    A sea change is taking place in the way companies use office space design, amenities, and location to attract the most talented employees to their firms. Speaking at a ULI Boston event in May, panelists said that while lease flexibility is key to attracting desirable tenants, so is the user experience of the building itself.

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