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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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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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Texas Forum

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REGISTER NOW  ULI San Antonio is excited to welcome Urban Land Institute members from across Texas to share our newest development projects, as well as what’s coming next as San Antonio prepares to celebrate its Tricentennial in 2018. From Pearl to Southtown, La Cantera to Hemisfair, this 2-day event will be packed with multiple project tours, engaging speakers, and terrific networking opportunities. The newly restored St. Anthony Hotel, San Antonio’s historic grand hotel located in the heart of downtown across from Travis Park, will be our host hotel. This event has … Read More

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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

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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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VOTE NOW

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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

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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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Announcing Finalists

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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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