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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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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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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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Recap: Achieving Inclusive Leadership

Organized by Houston’s ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) committee, our latest Leadership Luncheon focused on “Achieving Inclusive Leadership in the Real Estate Industry.”  The Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) within ULI was formed to focus on the following objectives: Promote the advancement of women, throughout their careers, as leaders in the real estate industry. Increase the number of women who serve in leadership positions in the real estate industry and in ULI. Increase the visibility and diversity of women leaders in the real estate industry and in ULI. Increase the number … 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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Leadership Lunchon VIDEO: Future of Retail

Missed our December Leadership Luncheon about Future of Retail? Hear our panelists discuss how they work to remain relevant, how they are working with new technology and what they see in our future. Are we ready for what technology will bring? Watch it 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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