Monthly Archives: May 2013

City Hall looks at Convention Center improvements regardless of stadium deal

Los Angeles Convention Center

Los Angeles was promised a revamped Convention Center from a private developer if pro football returns to the city. But without any word from the NFL, city leaders are looking at Plan B. The City of Los Angeles has a deal with Anschutz Entertainment Group for a new convention hall, but it’s contingent on the developer bringing a pro football team back to L.A. and building the Farmers Field stadium. To do so, part of the existing convention center would have to be demolished and AEG has proposed building a new wing. Click … Read More

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ULI Report: Tech-Savvy Gen Y Still Flocks to Brick and Mortar Stores

Despite being far more tech-savvy than previous generations, Generation Y, the 80-million strong cohort of Americans between the ages of 18 and 35, has not forsaken shopping in stores for online purchasing – as long as retailers keep their offerings “fresh” and interesting, says a new ULI report. Read the report.

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Awards Focus: Los Angeles Youth Orchestra Is Among 4 LARC Winners

Award Recognizes the Power of Young Musicians to Elevate the Community When ULI Los Angeles’ inaugural LARC  (Los Angeles Real Creativity) Awards debuted late last year it was an experience that stimulated the mind and the senses – and one that celebrated what’s best about Los Angeles.  Presenters included Frank Gehry and Frances Anderton, host of KCRW FM’s Design and Architecture program. The ULI LARC Awards go to those who, through their extraordinary vision and creative action, are “helping to change our world (and our lives) as Angelenos, Americans and global citizens.” Among … Read More

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Four Growth Strategies for Uncertain Times

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Whether it comes in the form of the federal sequestration budget cuts or a new startup disrupting an entire industry, Geoff Colvin, author and senior editor ofFortune, says companies and individuals are increasingly have to do work around higher levels of uncertainty. “How many people in this room bought Kodak film? Right, everyone over the age of 30,” said Colvin at the ULI Spring Meeting in San Diego. “But who here has tried Instagram? Kodak is bankrupt, and Instagram, with about 12 employees, was sold for $1 billion last year.” … Read More

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Tech-Savvy Gen Y Wants a Shopping Experience

Gen Y

America’s 80-million-strong generation Y, the most tech-savvy generation yet, has not forsaken shopping in stores for online purchasing, says a new ULI report released at the Spring Meeting in San Diego. That’s the good news for real estate developers, owners, and investors, said report co-author and ULI Trustee M. Leanne Lachman, president of real estate consulting firm Lachman Associates. The unsettling news, she noted, is that gen Y’ers, who grew up with computers and unprecedented exposure to media, are fickle consumers who are always looking for new and exciting experiences. … Read More

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The Future of Housing Demand Is Compact, Urban, and Transit-friendly

Housing Demand

Demand will continue to rise for infill residential development that is less car-dependent, while consumers’ desire could wane for isolated development in outlying suburbs, according to a new ULI report released at the ULI Spring Meeting in San Diego. The report underscores the influence that growing demographic groups in the U.S. – in particular generation Y, African-Americans, and Latinos – will have on reshaping urban growth patterns by spurring more development of compact, mixed-use communities with reliable, convenient transit service. America in 2013,is based on a nationwide survey of 1,202 … Read More

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Where Americans Want to Live: ULI Report Explores Community Preferences

A new ULI report underscores the influence that growing demographic groups in the U.S.–in particular Generation Y, African Americans, and Latinos–will have on reshaping urban growth patterns by spurring more development of compact, mixed-use communities with reliable, convenient transit service. Read more about the findings in the America in 2013 report.

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To Preserve Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Revise Specific Plan, Says Expert Panel

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

By Jason Islas May 13, 2013 — In order to save the Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica should develop the land around the 55 year-old venue to pay for the more than $50 million needed in repairs and upgrades. That was the news delivered by a panel of five experts from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Friday, all of whom agreed that in order to save the historic landmark, not only would there need to be major and expensive overhauls to the building but also to the land immediately around it. Click … Read More

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Introducing the New ULI Events App

ULI event app

ULI has made it easier to find and get the most out of its events, thanks to a new ULI Events mobile app for iPads, iPhones, and Android devices. The free app is designed to help ULI event attendees plan their schedules, communicate with each other instantly through Twitter—and even find nearby restaurants. ULI gathers people from around the world, face-to-face and online, to share ideas and best practices. The institute offers large-scale events such as the Fall and Spring Meetings in the United States with thousands of attendees, and annual … Read More

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