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Urban Land Institute Featured on Houston Public Media

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Findings from a report conducted by the Urban Land institute were the recent topic for a radio segment on Houston Public Media. Ed McMahon, Urban Land Institute – Houston member, spoke on the program about the study “Active Transportation and Real Estate: The Next Frontier,” which examines integrating active transportation options, such as walking and biking areas, with future real estate developments. McMahon explained that while often thought of as secondary elements, features such as trails, bike lanes, bike‐share stations, and sidewalks add value to development projects and are often … Read More

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Community Revitalization Through HUD Choice Neighborhood Grants

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Community revitalization is a hot topic in urban planning, as major metropolitan areas are increasingly finding it necessary to address long-neglected areas in the urban core. While gentrification is oftentimes seen as a way to improve urban areas, this development often happens organically and leaves behind some of the most neglected areas of a city. To facilitate real change in urban areas, targeted grant money, as well as cooperation between local and federal housing authorities, has been shown to have a major impact on neglected communities. The Larimer and East … Read More

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Research Symposium Delivers New Insights on Gentrification

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Gentrification is a growing concern for many urban-core neighborhoods nationwide, including those in the Houston area. Gentrification refers to the movement of higher-income groups into previously low-income areas. The concern stems from the idea that rising demand for housing in gentrifying neighborhoods leads to a decrease in affordability for that housing market, increasing the potential for displacing long-term, low-income residents. New insights into the causes and effects of gentrification were presented during the “Research Symposium on Gentrification and Neighborhood Change” hosted in May 2016 by the Federal Reserve Bank of … Read More

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Stronger Suburbs

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Houston’s suburbs must share innovations, successes and lessons learned to ensure prosperity HOUSTON – (Nov. 17, 2016) – Houston’s suburbs must share innovations, successes and lessons learned from mistakes to ensure long-term prosperity, according to a new study commissioned by Urban Land Institute – Houston (ULI Houston) and conducted by Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. “Building Stronger Suburbs: Adaptability and Resilience Best Practices from Suburban Houston” examines best practices for adaptability and resilience in suburban living. The study is based on five case studies from across the Houston region … Read More

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ULI Houston WLI Kickoff Event – Dinner & Dialogue with Sue Ansel

ULI Houston Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) kicked off its 2016/2017 programming with a well-attended dinner and dialogue event, featuring Guest Speaker Sue Ansel, CEO of Gables Residential. Erica Siegel Henning, ULI Houston WLI Chair and VP, Lionstone Investments, welcomed the group, which met at The Tasting Room in Uptown Park.  ULI Houston re-launched its local WLI in November 2015 with an initial focus on “infiltration”, said Erica.  In other words, the intent is to focus on activities that are designed to involve more women at all levels of ULI.  The … Read More

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ULI Houston Contributes to Walkability Report, Hosts Discussion on Walkability Development

The Houston-based branch of Urban Land Institute recently contributed to a report by the commercial real estate firm HFF regarding the importance of walkability in regards to commercial real estate. The report highlights how convenient access to public transportation and an improvement in Walk Score can affect key metrics for commercial real estate properties, including property values. The full text of the report is available via the HFF’s blog, The HFF Advisor. Contributions to the report were in keeping with the mission of ULI Houston to collaborate with leaders in … Read More

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Urban Land Institute Hosts 6th Annual Sporting Clay Scholarship Classic

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Sport shooting aficionados and spectators gathered Sept. 8 to participate in the 6th Annual Sporting Clay Scholarship Classic hosted by the Urban Land Institute of Houston at the Greater Houston Gun Club. Teams participated first in a course competition and then moved to the team flurry competition. Each flurry team was given 100 clays to target with the winning team shooting the most clays. Top individuals for the day participated in a Top Gun shootoff to determine the winning shooter among ladies and gentlemen. In a change from recent years, … Read More

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Mayor Turner Discusses Urban Development at Luncheon

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At an August luncheon hosted by the Urban Land Institute of Houston, Mayor Sylvester Turner touched on many topics regarding the development of the Houston urban core and surrounding areas. The mayor iterated there would be no push for new zoning laws in Houston, but rather a rethinking of how to adapt the existing statues to the challenges of a developing city. Turner said his top concerns are increasing quality of life for all neighborhoods and developing a strong urban core. “If the city of Houston is strong at its … Read More

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Holiday Greetings

2015 Holiday Greetings from ULI CEO Patrick L. Phillips AS I LOOK BACK AT 2015, I see ULI continuing to evolve, responding to the rapid changes taking place throughout the industry and in our communities, and innovating to meet the needs of members around the globe. We are staying ahead of the times while staying true to our mission. Our success is because of you. ULI is about members, for members, and by members. What each of you gives back to the Institute is what makes ULI the world’s leading … Read More

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Applying ULI’s Building Healthy Places Toolkit to Houston: Food & Water

Part 3 of the BHP Blog Post Series Written By: Adele Houghton, AIA; MPH; LEED AP This is the third in a four-part blog post applying the ULI Building Healthy Places Toolkit to the Houston metro region. We are looking at how The State of Health: Houston & Harris County 2015-2016 report (State) addresses each category in the toolkit: physical activity, food and water, and environment. The previous post addressed physical activity. In this post, we review the Food and Water category.   Links Between Food / Water and Health Alongside physical … Read More

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