Monthly Archives: March 2012

Future of Housing For California

A special point-counterpoint breakfast program drilled down on the issues related to the recent report published by ULI, “The New California Dream.” Speakers included: Moderator: • Lynn Jacobs, Former Director, California Housing & Community Development Department Presenters: • Arthur “Chris” Nelson – Director, Metropolitan Research Center, University of Utah • Peter Gordon – Professor, University of Southern California Respondents: • Taylor Mammen – Principal/Director of Consulting, Robert Charles Lesser Company • Erik Pfahler – President, CityWest Ventures • John Given –Principal, Development, CIM Group View the presentations · Nelson – … Read More

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Fusing the Art of Entertaining with Place

The commercial real estate world suffers from a failure of imagination, says ULI Los Angeles Advisory Board member George Garfield, president, west region, for Transwestern. Practitioners have an opportunity to leverage their strengths at one of the most disruptive times in U.S. history, he says. “Much of what is written about commercial real estate focuses on the transaction and the financial underwriting of a project or deal, whereas little attention is paid to the idea of place or the experience of service. But it is the realm of execution—which is … Read More

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Reshaping L.A.’s Industrial Landscape

As the balance sheets of corporate America are getting stronger and companies are trading up to Class A industrial properties, the Class B and C buildings have to be rehabilitated to compete. These Southern California projects have transformed industrial properties to be contenders. Read the rest of the UrbanLand article here.

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Restoring Value to Veteran Hollywood Stars

Known as the Duke of Art Deco, Dave Goldstein has made a profitable business out of his hobby of restoring vintage apartment buildings, which is helping stabilize values in neighborhoods where film stars and future presidents once dwelled. Los Angeles native Dave Goldstein, who is passionate about historic restoration, began collecting and restoring vintage apartment buildings 25 years ago. Today, he has a portfolio of 30-plus properties restored to their original condition—and a following of art deco and Hollywood groupies lining up to rent them. Scattered in desirable neighborhoods from … Read More

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Solutions for a Healthier Los Angeles Conceived and Deliberated and Urban Land Institute Event

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – More than 300 real estate professionals, city planners and other leaders at the forefront of revitalizing the inner city convened Wednesday, March 7 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles for ULI Los Angeles’ (ULI LA) signature annual event, Urban Marketplace. The mission for this year’s Urban Marketplace was to create a forum for attendees to exchange ideas and conceive deals that can contribute to creating a healthier and more sustainable Los Angeles – even in the wake of the Redevelopment dissolution. In an … Read More

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VantageForum Returns for Another Innovative, Interactive Conference; Event Addresses Game-Changing Trends in the Real Estate Market

By: Jack Skelley, Paolucci Communication Arts Urban Land Institute Los Angeles District Council and UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate are teaming-up again for VantageForum 2012, the second annual innovative real estate conference offering live interaction with influential local, regional and national authorities, industry leaders and real estate executives. VantageForum returns Wednesday, March 21, 2012 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at UCLA’s Covel Commons. Unlike any other real estate conference in Los Angeles, VantageForum 2012 offers attendees the opportunity to interact with senior leaders from a mix of industries … Read More

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Healthy Cities in a Post-Redevelopment Era: Envisioning Sustainable Economic Development

By: Cecilia V. Estolano One month after 400-plus redevelopment agencies (RDAs) throughout California ceased to exist, cities, counties and developers are only beginning to sort through the wreckage of a complicated winding down of the state’s primary tool for economic development. The question of how to build healthier communities is far from the minds of many of the practitioners and local government officials consumed by the puzzle of how to implement ABX 1 26, the statute that ended redevelopment on February 1, 2012. Stepping back from the new lexicon of … Read More

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Q&A: Amy Bodek, Director of Development Services for the City of Long Beach

Interviewer: Vicky Hammond With a passion for city building, Amy J. Bodek, AICP, has managed the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency’s staff and budget for the past three years as its Executive Director. She concurrently serves as the City’s Director of Development Services, overseeing planning, affordable housing development, building & safety, code enforcement and neighborhood services functions. She is a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and an active member of the Urban Land Institute. With the state of California in the midst of dissolving redevelopment agencies, … Read More

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