Mixed-Use

The Upper Kirby municipal management district helped promote development by amassing land around Levy Park. Developer Midway is building an office and retail building on one adjacent parcel, and a residential building on another, and underwriting most of the cost of  an extensive renovation of the park itself. (Midway)

The City with (Almost) No Limits

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.

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  • 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.

  • Putting Urban Housing into a Transforming Industrial Area

    July 10, 2017

    International developer Hines turns an old factory site into transit-oriented urban housing near the terminus of Boston’s Red Line.

  • Employment and Affordability Driving Growth in the U.S. Southeast

    July 5, 2017

    The Southeast region continues to generate steady gains in commercial real estate performance as positive employment momentum converges with generally limited development pipelines.

  • Rebounding Energy Sector Plus $2 Billion in TOD Buoy Development in Dallas

    May 16, 2017

    At a ULI North Texas event in Dallas, panelists said that the renewed optimism among small business owners, strong consumer confidence, and a robust U.S. job market suggest that the next recession may be further away than predicted just a year ago. The Dallas-Fort Worth area is well-positioned for further gains, as 16 competed or under construction projects near DART stations are forecast to produce $2 billion in economic development.

  • Global Awards for Excellence: Les Docks Village (Marseille, France)

    March 13, 2017

    Les Docks Village is a ground-floor rehabilitation of the Docks, a historic and emblematic structure built in 1857 on the Marseille harbor and purchased by J.P. Morgan in 2007.

  • Many Uses, Linked by One Vibrant Alley

    February 27, 2017

    A Denver developer activates an alley to tie together a hotel, offices, food, and “maker” retail on the site of a former dairy.

  • The Security Challenge: Building around 21st-Century Threats

    February 13, 2017

    The Peterson Companies’ new National Harbor complex development attracts 10 million people each year, but it is likely that few will notice all the measures Peterson has put in place for their protection, which are both well concealed and elaborate.

  • Loosening the Restrictions on FHA Condo Finance

    August 15, 2016

    Congress has thrown its support behind new legislation that aims to fix some of the problems in the condo financing program of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). The Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act (H.R. 3700) will loosen some of the more stringent regulatory requirements specific to condo mortgage insurance that were introduced in the wake of the housing finance crisis.

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