Economy, Market & Trends

In Brief: Trend Toward Larger Vessels at Major North American Ports Continues

According to the North American Ports Report by Cushman and Wakefield, U.S. ports rebounded strongly in the second half of 2020. Volumes for the full year changed only modestly—a 2 percent increase in loaded inbound twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) and a decline of 5.5 percent on loaded export units.  

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Facing the Challenges of Decarbonizing during a Cyclical Downturn

The real estate industry is tackling the twin challenges of a cyclical downturn juxtaposed with the long-term consequences from the disruption caused by COVID-19, and the environmental, social, and governance agenda becoming increasingly important.

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How Technology Allowed ULI to Push Forward

ULI MEMBER–ONLY CONTENT: Decisions made years ago to invest in new technologies—and to continually upgrade existing platforms—allowed ULI to pivot rapidly to online delivery of vital member services.

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Prepping for Post-COVID: Accelerating Investments while Repositioning Lagging Sectors

While many businesses in the United States have been coping with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic for a year or longer, the broader availability of vaccines and a rebounding global economy are cause for more optimism than skepticism across the real estate industry, said industry leaders participating in a recent ULI webinar. Industrial, self-storage, and single-family rentals have been some of the sectors surging, while laggard sectors are still betting on a burgeoning recovery. 

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Recent Articles

  • Three Developers Greening the U.S. Housing Industry

    April 12, 2021

    Much of the United States is walking a fine line between providing much-needed housing and also meeting federal, state, and local sustainability goals. Three panelists shared how the seek to meet or exceed or exceed those goals at the 2021 ULI Housing Opportunity Conference in March.

  • A Renewable Resource: Modernizing Toronto’s Apartment Towers

    April 5, 2021

    A half century or more into their service life, the need to retrofit and revitalize postwar apartment towers across Canada has never been more critical. Compounding the growing inequities laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic, much of the purpose-built rental housing is in need of renewal. Retrofitting costs—as well as financing retrofits while maintaining housing affordability—continue to be a primary barrier.

  • Fact-Checking Claims about 5G Wireless Technology

    March 29, 2021

    ULI MEMBER–ONLY CONTENT: Although it could be years before the promise of 5G internet can be realized in offices and multifamily spaces, the real estate industry is starting to think about what kind of impact 5G will have inside the built environment.

  • Confronting the Acute Shortage of Attainable U.S. Homes

    March 22, 2021

    COVID-19 has exacerbated a crisis of middle-income households being unable to find attainable homes, with frontline workers faring particularly badly, according to a comprehensive data-informed study from the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing.

  • Outlook for Technology: Americas

    March 5, 2021

    ULI MEMBER–ONLY CONTENT: Members of ULI’s Technology and Real Estate councils discuss the coronavirus pandemic’s shakeup of work/life patterns, how technologies enable new ways of working and living, technologies on the horizon that hold promise for the future, and other related trends.

  • Creating Models for a More Sustainable Future for Retail

    March 3, 2021

    A return to the “old normal” before the global coronavirus pandemic is neither possible nor desirable, a panel of retail leaders agreed at “Experience the Experience,” ULI Asia Pacific’s premier retail event of 2021.

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