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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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Applying ULI’s Building Healthy Places Toolkit to Houston: Physical Activity

Part 2 of the BHP Blog Post Series Written By: Adele Houghton, AIA; MPH; LEED AP In a previous blog post, Building Healthy Places: How Does Houston Stack Up?, I described the purpose of ULI’s Building Healthy Places Toolkit and identified a few resources that can help developers apply it to local conditions. However, the question remains, what is the relationship between community health data and real estate development? Or, in other words, how can we use the data sets listed in the previous blog post to decide which strategies in … Read More

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2016 DoD Awards

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Announcing Our 2016 Development of Distinction Award Finalists The ULI Houston Development of Distinction Awards define the standard for excellence in the practice of real estate development in the Houston region. The Award recognizes developments and public open spaces that exemplify best practices in design, construction, economic viability, healthy places, marketing and management. For-Profit Cross Creek Ranch Cross Creek Ranch creates an enduring community by prioritizing core values associated with a sustainable environment, engaged people, vibrant culture, endless learning and interconnectedness. Together, the result is a distinct development that has … Read More

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Building Healthy Places: How Does Houston Stack Up?

Part 1 of the BHP Blog Post Series Written By: Adele Houghton, AIA; MPH; LEED AP Since 2013, the ULI Building Healthy Places (BHP) Initiative has championed developments that support human health through design. The Building Healthy Places Toolkit, published in 2014, distills the results of the Initiative’s research and convening activities to provide evidence-backed, health-promoting development strategies in three areas: Physical Activity Food & Water Environment The 21 action-oriented recommendations in the Toolkit are designed to be applicable to all locations and all real estate product sectors. However, with so … Read More

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Final Hours to Share Comments on Houston’s Draft General Plan

Do you have concerns or thoughts about Houston’s General Plan but missed the public meetings? It’s not too late to share your comments regarding the General Plan. The City is seeking input on the policy directives through July 24th. To comment, you can visit http://planhouston.org/policy-directives by clicking on any policy directive and then on “feedback” at the bottom of each directive’s page. You may also mail your comments to Planning and Development Department, 611 Walker St., 6th Floor. Houston, TX, 77002.

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ULI’s 2015 Spring Meeting in Houston was a Success

The ULI 2015 Spring Meeting, held in Houston this year, was a success! Thank You To our sponsors, committee members, volunteers and district council members for ensuring Houston was a great host, we thank you! Highlights Watch former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker and Gerald D. Hines, chairman of the Houston-based Hines real estate organization, share lessons learned as leaders in their respective fields and provide insight on what leadership looks like going forward: James Baker and Gerald Hines: The Future of Leadership View and download your favorite presentations from … Read More

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Houston Bike Plan

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What kind of bike are you? Participate in, learn about and share the Houston Bike Plan. ULI Houston is always interested in supporting initiatives that promote a healthier community. We encourage using the ULI Building Healthy Places principles in all that we do. The Houston Bike Plan falls in line with those principles, and that is why we support it. The Houston Bike Plan, which kicked off on May 30th, is a 12-month planning effort to update the City’s Comprehensive 1993 Bikeway Plan. Since 1993, there have been major changes in the city … Read More

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New Year, New ULI Houston Web Site

Welcome to the new ULI Houston website. We hope you find it easier to navigate directly to what interests you, like event registrations, or free streaming video of our latest expert roundtable discussion, or free downloads of ULI reports. While we always want to serve you better, an additional benefit of transitioning to this new site is that it vastly improves our connectivity with the global network of ULI–well over 34,000 strong around the world who come to ULI.org to connect, get information, and give back. This new site makes all of … Read More

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Expert discuss ROI of developments that advance public health

ULI Houston Building Healthy Places Slideshow Building a place with a sense of connection – where people want to live, visit or work – will prove out in retention, frequency, sales and so forth, panelists said at the ULI discussion “Building Healthy Communities and the Bottom Line” last week in Houston. The discussion, facilitated by ULI Senior Vice President, Washington, DC, Rachel MacCleery, brought together a cross section of projects and experiences in and around Texas focusing on the market case for projects that improve the health of people and … Read More

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