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2017 Development of Distinction Winners!

URBAN LAND INSTITUTE HOUSTON ANNOUNCES 2017 DEVELOPMENT OF DISTINCTION WINNERS HOUSTON – January 24, 2017 – The Houston District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and ten-year Presenting Sponsor Winstead tonight honored the 2017 finalists and some 61 honorees and winners over the last decade of the organization’s annual Development of Distinction Awards. The Development of Distinction awards program is the centerpiece of ULI’s efforts to recognize developments and public open spaces that exemplify best practices in design, construction, economic viability, healthy places, marketing and management and is modeled … Read More

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Urban Land Institute Hosts Panel on Technology Changes in Retail


The technology of the future, such as register-free grocery stores, may be coming soon to an area near you, but local business leaders are not sure it is a good idea for the average Houstonian. During a December 6 luncheon hosted by the Urban Land Institute, retail executives from across Houston gathered to discuss the effect that coming modern technologies, such as driverless cars and high density, mixed-use developments will have on Houston – and whether they are in fact desired by Houstonians. The panel discussed how local preferences will … Read More

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  Voting has closed. Join us on Jan 24th at the 10th Annual Development of Distinction Awards Gala to see who won!   Vote now for our 2017 10th Anniversary People’s Choice Award Our finalists for the Anniversary People’s Choice Award are drawn from our decade of distinctive developments. Voting Ends Dec. 15! Winners will be announced at our Gala on Jan. 24. VOTE NOW

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Urban Land Institute Featured on Houston Public Media


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


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


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


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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Announcing Finalists


URBAN LAND INSTITUTE HOUSTON ANNOUNCES 2017 DEVELOPMENT OF DISTINCTION FINALISTS Marks 10 years honoring Houston’s exemplary real estate projects National jury to tour and select winners among the eight finalists in the for-profit, not-for-profit, and urban open space categories  HOUSTON – October 25, 2016 – The Houston District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI-Houston) announced the finalists for the 2017 Development of Distinction Awards marking ten years of the exemplary awards program in Houston. The prestigious award recognizes developments and public open spaces that demonstrate best practices in design, … 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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