Category Archives: UrbanLand

Demonstrating Healthy Corridors in Pacoima

An article and video published in Urban Land, the magazine of the Urban Land Institute, highlight the recent efforts of ULI Los Angeles members and partners to transform Van Nuys Boulevard in Pacoima in health-promoting ways. The project, which took place under the auspices of ULI’s national Healthy Corridors program, culminated in the Pacoima Health Zone. This demonstration project modeled potential long-term changes for creating a more vibrant, healthy and people-friendly Van Nuys Boulevard in conjunction with the CicLAvia open streets event. In addition to pop-up streetscape elements including temporary parklets … Read More

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In Los Angeles, Mobility Corridors Would Magnify the Effect of TOD

For the most part, transit-oriented developments, or TODs, remain individualized projects, planned in isolation from their surrounding communities. They tend to focus inward, serving transportation needs, perhaps adding housing and retail, but not leveraging their potential for economic development. But that mind-set is changing, particularly in Los Angeles. Long the poster child for traffic congestion, Los Angeles is dramatically expanding its regional transit system. More than 100 transit stations are being built in response to a $40 billion commitment to new rail lines approved by voters in 2008. What has … Read More

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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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Online Models for Community Engagement Emerge

While public hearings aren’t going away, two companies talked about how they are helping developers and civic leaders get input from community members at the 2013 ULI Spring Meeting. For the full article, please click here.

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

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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