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From Creative Class To Urban Crisis, Join Us For Lunch With Richard Florida

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Originally posted in Saporta Report April 4, 2017 by Sarah Kirsch, Executive Director, ULI Atlanta “Can you name a true thought leader?” Someone asked me recently, contending it is an overused term with few clear examples. My immediate answer: “Richard Florida.” In the world of urban development and city building, his name came to mind first for his track record of shining a light on, if not identifying, trends and major shifts in urban development. Come judge for yourself and get his newest book on April 12th at a lunch … Read More

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In Atlanta, Suburbs Continue to Evolve to Meet Market Demand

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Originally posted in Saporta Report 2/21/2017 by Sarah Funderburk Weston, Director of PR/ Partner at SPR In sprawling metro areas such as Atlanta, the very notion of a “suburb” is in flux. No longer is the delineation between urban and suburban housing types and community attributes crystal clear as certain types of suburbs are evolving to include higher densities, walkability, and other urban characteristics. This idea was among several discussed at a recent panel and forum held by ULI Atlanta on new suburban paradigms identified in Housing in the Evolving … Read More

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Housing in the Evolving Atlanta Suburb

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ULI’s Terwilliger Center for Housing, in partnership with RCLCO, released an in-depth study covering the evolution of urban and suburban housing markets. Specifically, it takes a fresh look at how we define urban verses suburban and the wide variety of housing characteristics and development opportunities. On Tuesday, February 7th a panel came together to discuss the current trends, market variances, and changes in consumer preferences. While presenters, Adam Ducker and Stockton Williams zoomed in on the Atlanta market and suburbs.  See presentation HERE. Panelists included (from left to right): Mike Busher – Senior Vice President-Land Acquisition and … Read More

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Wishing you a very Happy Holiday Season!

ULI Atlanta Members and Friends, As 2016 winds down, we want to take a moment to thank you for your leadership, partnership, and support. It has been a remarkable year working together to move the needle on responsible land use. We know you have been busy – ranging from the very visible cranes of infill development across our city and the resounding public support to expand MARTA and the BeltLine to the quieter work of creative placemaking, project and policy feasibility, and long range planning for our region. We hope … Read More

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The Urbanization of Atlanta’s Suburbs: Norcross, Duluth and Suwanee

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by Michael S. Rodgers The Creative Development Council of the Urban Land Institute (Atlanta District) was formed in 2016 to bring together ULI members who are focused on entrepreneurial development so that they may share best practices and resources with the goal of elevating creative place-making and promoting high-quality infill development across the region.   The Creative Development Council recognizes that the urbanization of the suburbs is a major national trend that is also being experienced in the Atlanta metropolitan area.  While the vast majority of development in the current … Read More

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Top of Mind Issues at the Bottom of the Ballot

Residents in the City of Atlanta and Fulton County will have the opportunity to vote on transportation investment in November. These will be the last questions on the ballot. Get informed about each – two votes in the City of Atlanta and one of Fulton County outside of the City – and share with your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues. Download Handout Download Handout Download Handout

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Summertime’s a Wrap: Reflecting on Vacation and Land Use

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Originally appeared in Saporta Report August 1, 2016 By Sarah Kirsch, Executive Director ULI Atlanta One of the great privileges of travel is that it allows us to return and look at our homes and communities with a fresh set of eyes. I always come back from more walkable places, particularly those with stronger transit networks, with a renewed commitment to walk my kids to school more, use the basket on my bike more, and use the great resource that is MARTA more. I think, if given the chance to … Read More

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Widen your view of the real estate industry

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Article appeared in the May 10, 2016 edition of Saporta Report By Sally Riker, partner at Lowe Engineers Working in one segment of the commercial real estate field can narrow your view of the many fascinating elements in the industry. ULI Atlanta’s Center for Leadership offers participants the opportunity to a more well-rounded vision into different market sectors, while widening perspective on issues and opportunities facing the entire region. I was not a member of ULI until a colleague recommended I apply for the Center for Leadership, and it has … Read More

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It turns out Atlanta has an “X Factor”

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Originally appeared in Saporta Report April 11, 2016 by Sarah Kirsch You would never guess Atlanta is a Generation X town based on any discussion about real estate and regional development. As one ULI member recently commented in a meeting, “I am never the popular kid in the room… I am neither newlywed nor mostly dead, I am a member of Generation X.” But did you know that the Atlanta region has an unusually high concentration of Generation X? Young people came to Atlanta in droves in the 1990s and … Read More

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Apply Now for CFL Class of 2017!

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Our MISSION is to cultivate leadership and life-strategy skills by teaching emerging leaders in the real estate and land use industries how the Atlanta region gets built. WHY PARTICIPATE: • Collaborate with real estate professionals in problem solving; • Interface with like-minded professionals; • Engage with top speakers from every facet of land use in a small group environment; • Establish relationships with a diverse group of professionals; and • Expand your perspectives on the development process as well as issues and opportunities facing the Atlanta region. WHO PARTICIPATES: • … Read More

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