Urbanizing the Town Center of Columbia, Maryland

James Rouse’s visionary development is 50 years old. The process of urbanizing its town center may create a model for other suburban developments.

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  • The $3 Billion Project Transforming Downtown Tampa

    February 28, 2018

    With roughly 58,000 people moving to the city of Tampa in 2016 alone, the region stands out as an example of accelerating U.S. growth. Water Street Tampa will give an urban facelift to Tampa’s skyline and double the downtown area in size.

  • Costs, Resistance to Denser Development Holding Markets Like San Diego Back

    January 22, 2018

    In many ways, San Diego illustrates the challenges facing many attractive U.S. cities, including the demand for affordable housing, struggling retail, and the need for more senior housing. At the top of the list is a strong community wariness of any new development, which has made it difficult to build meaningful mixed-use projects, said speakers during a January panel discussion organized by ULI San Diego–Tijuana.

  • Public/Private Partnerships Driving Growth in Cincinnati

    January 2, 2018

    At a recent ULI Cincinnati event, panelists agreed that a midsize market like Cincinnati needs cooperation between the public and private sectors to move things forward.

  • Pearl Mixed-Use Development: A San Antonio Gem

    December 22, 2017

    When three national magazines — U.S. News & World Report, Food & Wine and Travel + Leisure — give you glowing reviews, you must be doing something right. Such is the case with Hotel Emma, a 146-room luxury hotel that’s one of the numerous fascinating facets of San Antonio’s mixed-use Pearl complex, which rose from the historic but neglected Pearl Brewery.

  • From Brownfields to a New Transit-Oriented Downtown

    December 11, 2017

    Public/private partnerships build a mixed-use, urban-scaled community in Union City, California.

  • Playa Vista: From Spruce Goose to Google

    October 23, 2017

    The enormous mixed-use development on Los Angeles’s Westside is a tech and media hub. After decades of debate and false starts, Playa Vista is now home to more than 10,000 people.

  • 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.

  • Transforming Inner-Ring Suburbs with Walkable Mixed-Use Development

    August 21, 2017

    U.S. suburbs are changing in cities such as Denver, where new transit lines and placemaking efforts around walkable mixed-use neighborhoods are creating communities more similar to the urban core, said speakers at a ULI Colorado event.

  • Dallas/Fort Worth Region Considering Options for a Flexible Future of Parking

    August 9, 2017

    Parking is a big issue in the Dallas/Fort Worth region, an area that 3.4 million more people are expected to call home between now and 2040, raising the total population to 10.6 million while adding 2.3 million more cars to clogged roadways. At an event in Dallas, land-use experts considered several solutions for a flexible future.

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