Market Trends

In Brief: U.S. Construction Starts in 2019 to Hold Steady with 2018

The 2019 Dodge Construction Outlook predicts that total U.S. construction starts for 2019 will be $808 billion, staying essentially even with the $807 billion estimated for 2018, according to industry data provider Dodge Data & Analytics.

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Medical Tourism and Retail Driving Live/Work Development across the San Diego–Tijuana Border

The property surrounding the San Diego–Tijuana border crossing offers many opportunities, said ULI members speaking at a panel discussion in October. But the San Ysidro crossing—the busiest border crossing in the world—remains a daunting, congested funnel for binational business. A recent ULI technical advisory panel looked at solutions to make better use of the surrounding land.

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Building on Cleveland’s Health District with Opportunity Zones

Developers and city leaders of Cleveland are considering how to redevelop a 400-acre (162 ha) neighborhood to the southeast of the downtown corridor. Once known as the “Forgotten Triangle,” the area is now part of the Cleveland Opportunity Corridor, with plans to reconnect the neighborhood to the University Circle area by 2021 via a multimodal boulevard.

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Manage Your Physical Presence to Enhance Confidence and Authority, Says Author Amy Cuddy

In the closing address at the 2018 ULI Fall Meeting in Boston, social psychologist and best-selling author Amy Cuddy urged audience members to alter their physical posture, speak more slowly, and use expansive breathing to feel more powerful and open to communicating with others.

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Recent Articles

  • Radical Tech Transformation Coming to Commercial Real Estate

    October 11, 2018

    The commercial real estate sector is poised to undergo a radical technological transformation in which it will be as quick and easy to buy or sell a home as it is to order a new iPhone, in which blockchain and digital tokens will allow commercial real estate assets to be split into tiny shares that can be easily traded, and in which construction companies will deploy autonomous bulldozers to grade sites and make up for a shortage of skilled labor. Those were just some of the transformative innovations described by venture capitalist Brad Greiwe in a session on technological change at the 2018 ULI Fall Meeting in Boston.

  • Author Scott Galloway Urges Breakup of Consumer Tech Giants

    Best-selling author, entrepreneur, and New York University marketing professor Scott Galloway issued an impassioned call for the government breakup of Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Apple, telling attendees at the 2018 ULI Fall Meeting that the four giants of the digital-age economy have grown too large and powerful.

  • Strategic Use Is Difference between Data as Distraction or Contributor to Bottom Line

    October 10, 2018

    Technological innovations ranging from sophisticated sensors to algorithms that sift through mountains of operational data to extract new insights are taking hold across the commercial real estate sector. But it is crucial to avoid becoming distracted by the allure of innovation for its own sake, and concentrate on how to assimilate advances in a way that generates value for companies and their clients, according to panelists at the 2018 ULI Fall Meeting in Boston.

  • Racial and Social Equity Increasingly Are Part of Development Goals

    Over the last decade, the remaking of urban districts around the United States has often led to significant neighborhood upheaval. But developers, nonprofit organizations, and public agencies are placing increasing emphasis on building equitable outcomes into development and renewal, and officials from two organizations at the forefront of that effort shared their experiences at the 2018 ULI Fall Meeting in Boston.

  • Does Leadership Matter in the Emerging “Gig” Economy?

    In an emerging “gig” economy, with each individual developing his or own brand, does leadership still matter? At the ULI Fall Meeting in Boston, Ralph Boyd, ULI senior resident leadership fellow, moderated a panel of industry notables discussing the critical importance of leadership.

  • Developing Blockchain Technology Has Potential to Aid Real Estate Transactions

    Speaking at the ULI Fall Meeting, panelists said that even as experimentation with blockchain continues “fiercely,” the business world is now taking a tougher look at blockchain applications and asking why so few proofs of concept have made it to the commercial phase. That scrutiny ultimately could lead to better, more useful applications.

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