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Global Award Winners Announced – Houston Has a Winner!

One of Houston’s beloved parks, Buffalo Bayou Park, has been recognized as a winner of Urban Land Institute’s Global Awards for Excellence 2017-2018. Director of the Urban Resilience Program at the Urban Land Institute Katharine Burgess said of the park, “Buffalo Bayou Park has been a national model for resilience, surviving three major floods including Harvey. Cities across the country are looking to invest in flood infrastructure like this, that does double duty by both improving quality of life and recreation opportunities, and also increasing preparedness for extreme events.” Buffalo … Read More

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Award Finalists

URBAN LAND INSTITUTE HOUSTON ANNOUNCES 2018 DEVELOPMENT OF DISTINCTION FINALISTS   National jury to tour and select winners among the 8 finalists in the for-profit small and large, not-for-profit, and urban open space categories   HOUSTON – October 17, 2017 – The Houston District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI-Houston) announced 8 finalists for the 2018 Development of Distinction Awards. The prestigious award recognizes developments and public open spaces that demonstrate best practices in design, construction, economic viability, healthy places, marketing and management and is modeled after the national … Read More

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Building Healthy Places Local Spotlight: Urban Infill and Brownfields in Houston

Co-Authors: Adele Houghton, Biositu, LLC Aimee Schultze, Harris County Public Health Note: This article complements the BHP Breakfast Series presentation on August 24, 2017: BHP Breakfast Series – Brownfields Redevelopment. Houston is famously one of the least dense cities in the U.S. At 8,778 square miles (sq. mi.), the metropolitan area falls in between Massachusetts (7,838 sq. mi.) and New Hampshire (8,969 sq. mi.) in terms of land area. So, the trend to revitalize the urban core over recent decades may come as a surprise to some. Houstonians are moving … Read More

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ULI Names 32 Participants in Health Leaders Network

Thirty-two professionals in real estate development, planning, design, engineering, finance, and health care from across the country have been selected to participate in the first cohort of the ULI Health Leaders Network, a new program designed to empower real estate and land use professionals with the skills, knowledge, and networks to improve health outcomes in their professional practice and communities. The Health Leaders Network is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation, and ULI Foundation governor Randall Lewis. The Health Leaders will convene in an introductory forum … Read More

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We are Resilient

Our thoughts are with our fellow ULI Texas members and entire area impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Please note that the Sept. 7 Annual Sporting Clays Classic and previously postponed Leadership Luncheon – Urban Revitalization will be rescheduled. The immediate needs of the localcommunity are great and, if you are inclined, we encourage volunteering your time or contributing to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund of Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner or the United Way of Greater Houston flood relief fund. Recovery will be long, but our city is resilient. We echo our national ULI leadership when … Read More

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BHP Houston in Action: Springwoods Village

Note: This article complements the BHP Breakfast Series presentation on Friday, June 30: LEEDing Houston into the future: Sustainable Design and Community Health.   Author: Adele Houghton, Biositu, LLC Health and wellbeing are increasingly thought of in the real estate sector as synonymous with high quality construction. As a result, market forces have begun to reward developments that incorporate Building Healthy Places (BHP) principles. The most recent example of this trend in Houston is Springwoods Village, a 1,800-acre master planned, mixed-use community developed by Coventry Development Corporation. Located in the … Read More

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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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Overheard at ULI Houston’s Building Healthy Places series breakfast “Two-Wheel Society”

In its second event in the ULI Building Healthy Places breakfast series, Beth White, president, and CEO of Houston Parks Board moderated the discussion on the future of bicycle infrastructure planning in the Greater Houston Area. The standing room only event hosted an audience comprised of service providers, management district members, and developers as the panel of experts discussed bicycle advocacy, public sector, private sector, public safety, urban planning, economic development and Houston connectivity all play a part in making multi-modality happen. Additionally, the conversation turned to the recently-passed Bike … Read More

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BHP Local Spotlight: Cycling in Houston

Co-Authors: Adele Houghton, Biositu, LLC Ellen Schwaller, Harris County Public Health Building Healthy Places Spotlight: Cycling in Houston In spite of decades of auto-centric policy and funding priorities, Houston has made strides over the past few years to encourage cycling. While the motivations behind these efforts are varied, it is clear that positive health outcomes could be one result of a more cycle-friendly city.  Having adequate bicycle infrastructure has economic benefits, as well. According to the AARP, having designated bicycle lanes and infrastructure has shown to improve business through increased … Read More

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