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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

Riker, Sally

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”

Sarah Kirsch

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!


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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Thoughts on Challenges Facing Community Development

Stephen Arms, Managing Member at Marthasville Development

Originally appeared in Saporta Report March 14, 2016 by Stephen Arms Community development – typified by small, scale-appropriate projects that fit within the surrounding community – has never been a simple proposition. Prior to the recession, there were numerous firms who focused on this type of development, many doing very good work. Since the recovery however, these types of community development opportunities have been hard to catalyze, because developers doing this type of work, which is usually key to their mission, have been slow to recover. From a broader market … Read More

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National Spotlight on Atlanta’s ‘SoYES’


Originally posted in Saporta Report March 1, 2016 By Sarah Kirsch of the Urban Land Institute At its annual meeting last week, Midtown Alliance President & CEO Kevin Green shared that there is significant investment and change coming to the area of the city south of North Avenue. So much, in fact, that locals will no longer refer to it as ‘SoNo’ but ‘SoYES.’ Who doesn’t love a good pun? It so happens that over the last two months, ‘SoYES’ has been the focus of the national ULI Hines Student Competition and the country’s … Read More

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Applications for (C)reative Development Council Close Friday


ULI Atlanta is pleased to announce the launch of our third local product council – the (C)reative Development Council. Background: ULI Atlanta currently has two existing product councils. The Livable Communities Council is focused on advancing walkable communities and TOD by working with key community partners as well broad education on the need for transit investment and walkable infrastructure. The Capital Markets Council is designed to provide a two-way conversation between key real estate leaders and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. These Councils have provided meaningful ways to ULI … Read More

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Rose Center For Public Leadership Working With Mayor Bell On Civil Rights District


  Panel of Interdisciplinary Experts to Advise Birmingham as Part of Yearlong Fellowship Program BIRMINGHAM (January 25, 2016) — The Rose Center for Public Leadership, jointly operated by the National League of Cities (NLC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), is working this week with Birmingham Mayor William Bell to help the City, its partners and stakeholders develop a strategy that leverages the assets of the Birmingham Civil Rights District (BCRD)—including the City’s plan to invest $10 million dollars to renovate the historic A.G. Gaston Motel and build a new … Read More

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Midtown Atlanta Site Selected as Study Area for 2016 ULI Hines Student Competition

The competition area in Atlanta’s Midtown South area is not only framed by Interstate 75/85 (foreground), but also by such iconic buildings as the Bank of America Plaza (taller building at right) and the AT&T Midtown Center (left). Image: ULI/Daniel Lobo

Graduate Student Teams Challenged to Design a Market-Feasible, Sustainable Vision that Bridges Midtown and Downtown For more information, contact Robert Krueger at 202-624-7051 WASHINGTON (January 11, 2016) – The Urban Land Institute (ULI) has announced the selection of an area in Atlanta’s Midtown South  neighborhood as the study site in the fourteenth annual ULI Hines Student Competition. The ideas competition provides both full- and part-time graduate-level student teams the opportunity to devise a comprehensive design and development program for parts of a real, large-scale site. The team with the winning … Read More

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