ULI Houston News

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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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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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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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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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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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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