Author Archives: Barbra Bowers

The Urban Land Institute To Advise Central Atlanta Progress On Planning And Development Of The “Stitch,” A Proposal For Vibrant Park Space Along I-75 And I-85 Connector

Nationally Renowned Panel of Land Use and Urban Planning Experts to Visit Atlanta February 24 – March 1 A group of nationally renowned land use, urban design and real estate experts representing the Urban Land Institute (ULI) will be visiting Atlanta February 24-March 1 to provide strategic advice on the funding, planning and development of the Stitch, a proposal for a freeway “lid” with vibrant park space situated between Interstate 75 and Interstate 85 in the city’s downtown. ULI is a global, multidisciplinary real estate organization whose work is driven … Read More

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ULI Atlanta Announces Amanda Rhein As Chair For Livable Communities Council

ATLANTA (January 23, 2019)—ULI Atlanta, an Urban Land Institute (ULI) district council, today announces Amanda Rhein is the new chair for the Livable Communities Council(LCC). Effective Jan. 1, 2019, Rhein is leading the council in its mission to improve metro Atlanta’s quality of life through advancing the critical role affordable housing plays across the region, transit investments and its implementation, improved connectivity, and regional and cross-jurisdictional collaboration. “As one of the fastest growing cities in the country, we expect Atlanta’s population to continue to rise, increasing the awareness and urgency for … Read More

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Member Spotlight: Sally Riker, F.SAME, Partner and Director of Marketing and Business Development, Lowe Engineers LLC

by The Wilbert Group From fastpitch softball to pitching home-run ideas at Lowe Engineers, we spoke with Riker about her career highlights, biggest challenges and her passion for community service. The importance of good infrastructure is black and white — at least, it is for Sally Riker. As Partner and Director of Marketing and Business Development at Atlanta-based Lowe Engineers, Riker has significantly impacted the firm’s clientele since joining in 2003 and played a key role in building their signature brand: zebra stripes. Today, she is responsible for the firm’s … Read More

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Strengthen Public-Private And Cross-Sector Partnerships To Face Atlanta’s Growing Housing Challenge

By: Meaghan Shannon-Vlkovic & Daphne Bond-Godfrey While its traffic-snarled highways are infamous across the nation, the Atlanta region has historically been commended as an affordable city offering more space to live and a strong job market. The latter quality of life attributes often outweighed the major congestion that daily Atlantans faced. That story is changing as cost of housing increases and is compounded by stagnant wages that aren’t keeping up with housing costs. Generally, rent is considered affordable if a household spends no more than 30 percent of its income … Read More

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Member Spotlight: Scott Cullen, Executive Vice President, JLL’s Land & Development Services Group

by The Wilbert Group From practicing law to leading a business line of JLL in Atlanta, we spoke with Cullen about his career highlights, biggest challenges and his continued appreciation for the power of ULI. When Scott Cullen sees a parcel of vacant or under-used land, he sees a blank canvas and potential. As the executive vice president in JLL’s Land & Development Services Group, Cullen’s responsibilities include overseeing the practice, analyzing market research, valuing land and underutilized assets, searching for sites and transacting acquisitions and dispositions — just to … Read More

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Member Spotlight: Stacy Patton, Director of Real Estate at the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.

by The Wilbert Group With all eyes on Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and affordable housing, we spoke with Patton about her tried-and-true passion for land planning, her involvement with ULI and how she spends a day off. Soon after Stacy Patton graduated from the University of Georgia with her Master of Environmental Design in Landscape Architecture, she came to a fork in her career path. She realized that while she enjoyed working as a landscape architect, she wanted to be in a position to make more decisions on the final outcomes of … Read More

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Housing is Fundamental to Sustainable Growth in Buckhead

by Sarah Kirsch Executive Director, ULI Atlanta I started my professional career in real estate and land use 20 years ago. The firm I was working for, RCLCO, was located in Lenox Plaza, the midrise building located between Lenox Towers and what was then Dante’s Down the Hatch. I was young and single and it generally took me 15 minutes to drive to and from my home in Peachtree Hills, a single-family house that had been converted into several apartments (an important note but a discussion for a different blog). … Read More

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Lessons in Leadership with Mayor Riley

by Matt Bertram The built environment in Atlanta has changed dramatically over the last 10 years and most Atlanta residents are proud to brag about some of the new outdoor amenities available to them.  Whether it is the Atlanta BeltLine and connected greenspace, Mercedes Benz Stadium, SunTrust Park and the Battery, or the opening in 2019 of the first phase of the new Westside Park, there are more opportunities than ever for locals and visitors to connect to local culture and enjoy the outdoors. As an active member of the Urban … Read More

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