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Creating Positive Community Collisions in Downtown Las Vegas

Though best known as the chief executive officer of fast-growing online shoe and clothing business Zappos, Tony Hsieh is also leading one of the largest urban regeneration projects in the United States in downtown Las Vegas.

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How Detroit Battled Its Way Out of Bankruptcy

Detroit’s bankruptcy marked a turn in the fate of the city. Along with the economic downfall came rare opportunities for investment, creation, and collaboration.

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“Maker Spaces” for Local Crafts Producers Add Vitality to Cities

Artists and other creative types need small, affordable places—and patient capital, Detroit experts say.

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What 5G Wireless Technology Will Mean for Real Estate

The next-generation wireless telecommunications technology known as 5G, which will operate at vastly higher speeds and be able to handle many times more devices than existing 4G networks, is likely to have significant impacts on the real estate industry, a speaker said at the 2018 ULI Spring Meeting in Detroit.

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Recent Articles

  • Despite Ongoing Safety Concerns, Autonomous Vehicles Expected in Operation by 2021

    May 7, 2018

    Though driverless vehicles are expected to be commercially available in the next few years, the shift to their use is likely to occur gradually and in phases over several decades, panelists said at ULI’s Spring Meeting in Detroit. That long process will allow vehicles to be tested and improved. It also will enable the development of urban infrastructure—such as smart roads and traffic management systems that communicate continuously with many vehicles at once—that would make them work better, said panelists.

  • Rent-to-Own Tiny Homes as a Potential Path out of Poverty

    Could ownership of 250- to 400-square-foot (23 to 37 sq m) homes help low-income people acquire an asset and begin to accrue wealth? Panelists at the 2018 ULI Spring Meeting said it is certainly an idea worth trying.

  • Net-Zero-Energy Construction Is Becoming More Cost-Effective

    May 3, 2018

    Companies understand the attraction of more economical, more comfortable spaces. But lenders still need to be educated about net-zero energy’s lower operating costs.

  • Needs for More Power, Flexibility Driving Markets for Industrial Property

    E-commerce has brought industrial into the 21st century, said panelists at the ULI Spring Meeting, and technology has become more sophisticated in today’s industrial offerings. More important, industrial developers are constructing product that provides flexibility for tenant users, with more container parking storage and additional car parking if the tenant is an e-commerce user.

  • The Key to Building Housing Faster, Safer—and More Profitably

    Fully Integrated Off-Site Solution (FIOSS) systems could solve the labor shortage in U.S. housing construction markets, says Gerard McCaughey, chief executive officer of Entekra Inc.

  • Workplaces May Not Shrink Further, but They May Gain Flexibility

    Companies may be starting to see that squeezing more employees into less space is starting to be counterproductive, but panelists at ULI’s 2018 Spring Meeting agreed that expansive offices were largely a thing of the past, especially with wireless communications and cloud-based applications increasingly allowing employees to get much of their work done off site.

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