Monthly Archives: June 2017

ULI Texas Forum Report: Public Private Partnerships Fuel Downtown Development

  Originally posted: By CAMILLE GARCIA JUNE 16, 2017 / Rivard Report It’s been about eight years since former Mayor Julián Castro coined the phrase “Decade of Downtown,” referring to “the decade when downtown San Antonio comes back to life.” Since then downtown has become a hotbed of development, with housing, mixed-use structures, retail, and restaurants repopulating the area. Besides sparking the public’s interest in making downtown a better place to live, work, and play, public-private partnerships between the City and developers have made this progress possible, Assistant City Manager Lori Houston said at the Urban Land Institute … Read More

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Is a Healthy Development a Better Investment? Using HIAs to Quantify Health Benefits

Co-Authors: Adele Houghton, Biositu, LLC; Ellen Schwaller, SOPHIA The Value of Quantifying Health Health, wellness, and quality of life have become recognized buzzwords in the real estate industry over the past few years, often paired with environmental sustainability. The benefits of incorporating health and wellness amenities into a development’s story are many and clear. For example, workplaces with healthy indoor air can increase productivity and reduce absenteeism. Providing opportunities for active living and recreation can increase marketability and sale/rental prices in residential and mixed-use developments. Similarly, establishing a relationship with … Read More

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