Monthly Archives: October 2013

Regionalism & Infrastructure – Ideas & Leadership Come Together

by John Moores From the windows of the 5th floor conference room of Perkins+Will’s offices along Peachtree Street in midtown overlooking the thick green canopy of the Prado, we gathered for a day of discussion on Regionalism. The chairs of the day were Brian Hooker, Director of Real Estate, The Atlanta BeltLine; Jon Tuley, Principal Planner, Atlanta Regional Commission; and Katie Elliott, Senior Associate, Jones Lang LaSalle. Kicking off the day with exuberance was Mayor Bucky Johnson, educator turned public servant, who relocated from Atlanta to the City of Norcross, … Read More

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What would Mayor Hartsfield do?

CFL Day One: Atlanta In Context – What would Mayor Hartsfield do? By Rachel Tobin “What would Mayor Hartsfield do?” After reading our homework, “Atlanta Rising” by the inimitable Atlanta journalist Frederick Allen, I started thinking about the challenges facing Atlanta – transportation, education, water, job creation – wondering, “What would Mayor Hartsfield do today?” The book laid the groundwork for Day 1 of Urban Land Institute’s Center for Leadership Class of 2014, putting “Atlanta in Context.” Hartsfield was the six-term, pragmatic and visionary mayor who craftily sidestepped thorny issues … Read More

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The Link Between Real Estate Development and Your Health

By:  Jeff DuFresne Research has proven a clear connection between healthy lifestyles and an engaging, well-built environment. Smart decisions about how and where we develop buildings, schools, parks, road systems and other infrastructure we encounter daily can have long-lasting positive consequences. These decisions influence not only the built environment, but also the health and well-being of the people inhabiting these places. Cities that attract corporations providing their employees with healthy choices in walkable communities can derive an economic and social benefit. According to the 2013 American Fitness Index – a … Read More

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Last Chance to Save at the Fall Meeting

Sign up by Friday for the 2013 ULI Fall Meeting in Chicago to take advantage of discounted rates to the real estate industry’s premier event. Attendees of the ULI Fall Meeting come from every sector of the real estate industry and from around the world.  They are developers, investors, owners, lenders, public officials, planners, architects, consultants, lawyers, and engineers – and they are all decision-makers. Structured networking events and a list of attendees make it easy to meet the people you need to know. Register by Friday to save on … Read More

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Adapt, Survive and Thrive

By:  Jeff DuFresne “Adapt, Survive and Thrive” was the theme of ULI Atlanta’s 2013 Awards for Excellence last month to a sold-out crowd. Emerging from our recent Great Recession, it was an appropriate theme to ponder. Our world is changing at “neck-breaking” speed, and conventional wisdom tells us that whenever there is change, there is opportunity. Those who embrace change will be the ones who adapt and survive …and ultimately thrive in this new economy. According to ULI’s recent report The City in 2050, “the United States is among the … Read More

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