Monthly Archives: August 2013

Crowdfunding Your Way to an Urban Identity

In April, 130,000 people flocked to the first One Spark festival in downtown Jacksonville, Florida, to hear indie rock bands, watch fire dancers, admire multimedia art installations, and, most important, listen to entrepreneurs’ pitches for more than 400 projects in search of seed money. Click here to read the full article.

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Revitalization Outlook: What Strategies Can Help Make Urban Cores More Vibrant?

Members of ULI’s Urban Revitalization Council discuss ways to catalyze investment and development in the urban core, the demographic factors influencing the popularity of urban living, and how different sectors of the real estate market are faring in the urban core. Click here to read the full article.

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Mixed Use in an Overretailed Landscape

Thousands of retail complexes across the United States stand vacant or suffer from double-digit vacancy rates. But the death of the retail real estate market has been greatly exaggerated. Many older centers are getting facelifts, and development in suburban markets is expected to pick up in the years ahead. Thousands of retail complexes across the United States, from small strip centers to megamalls, stand vacant or suffer from double-digit vacancy rates. Sears, JCPenney, and RadioShack, for decades among the most profitable retailers in America, may need to close a combined 1,000 or more … Read More

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All Aboard: Rail-Centric Construction Gets Back on Track

  With train travel regaining ­popularity and high-speed passenger rail projects or improvements under construction in California, Michigan, and the Northeast Corridor, another era of railroad station construction is dawning. In the last decades of the 20th century, many of the projects undertaken during the golden era of railroad station restorations across the country involved anything except trains. Union Station in St. Louis, for example, reopened as an urban mall. Stations in Dallas and Jacksonville, Florida, became parts of convention centers. Union Station in Indiana­polis was packed with bars and … Read More

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The U.S. Housing Finance System Is Still Broken

In an Opinion column for Urban Land, former secretaries of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros and Mel Martinez say that America’s housing finance system is fundamentally broken and in desperate need of repair. The U.S. housing market is finally showing signs of recovery. In 2012, new home sales posted their first year-over-year increase since the market’s collapse. Single-family home starts are up 24 percent. And with home prices rising in 94 out of 100 key metropolitan areas, the national median home price has registered a … Read More

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Chicago Works: Explore the 2013 ULI Fall Meeting Host City

Are you ready for the 2013 ULI Fall Meeting, to be held Nov. 5 to 8 in Chicago? In preparation, ULI’s local District Council is rounding up examples of the best local ideas that will work for your business, your community, and you. Early registration for the Fall Meeting is now open. This week, learn all about the 11-foot-tall heads lining Michigan Avenue to promote sustainability.

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ULI Works for You: Win a Fall Meeting Registration

The ULI Fall Meeting is the premier opportunity to meet people and explore innovations in every sector of the real estate development and land use disciplines. Have a great idea for a concurrent session? Put it to a vote at the ULI Fall Meeting Idea Generator – the winner will receive free registration and deliver the session before an audience of industry leaders. Submit your Fall Meeting idea and vote today.

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