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In Atlanta, A Program For The Region’s Public Officials Advances ULI’s Mission

“The best class I have ever taken as an elected official,” is how East Point Councilmember Thomas Calloway describes ULI’s UrbanPlan for Public Officials (“UP4PO”).  In the spirit of advancing ULI’s mission to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide, ULI Atlanta embarked on its first UP4PO workshop on Friday, October 20.  The event, held at City Hall in East Point, Georgia, included 15 public officials, including 13 elected officials from throughout the metro Atlanta region.  Participating officials hailed from Decatur, … Read More

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Atlanta a top city for starting families?

In research speak this is called household formation. The age at which an individual gets married and has children. There are other types of household formations as well, like students graduating from college and into their first apartment, or a couple going through a divorce. Relative to families, household formation is often a life stage met with the purchase of a home. Nationally, household formations are outpacing new supply by a rate of 3.5 million formed households, according to findings in a joint study produced by ULI and PWC called … Read More

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5 Trends Directly Impacting Atlanta’s Real Estate Industry

The Urban Land Institute released their Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2018 on October 26, 2017. This is a top publication in the industry compiled by individual interviews from real estate, development, and financial services professionals across the country and provides an outlook on investment and development trends, finance and capital markets, property sectors, metropolitan areas, and other real estate issues. While the report focuses on national trends, there are 5 key takeaways for the Atlanta region. There’s a general belief the real estate market will not crash like previous cycles, but rather … Read More

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Is Atlanta Affordable?

It’s a question I’m often ask as the executive director of an organization whose mission is to promote the responsible use of land and build walkable thriving communities. National data suggests that yes, Atlanta is affordable relative to peer cities. 72% of homes are affordable to those earning the area median income according to the Housing Opportunity Index. But if Atlanta were so affordable, why do conversations I have about housing always start with “there’s a tear down on my street that is going for $600,000” or “my cousin has … Read More

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Will the next Mayor of Atlanta tackle affordable housing?

It’s a story that we continue to read every time we open a newspaper. Families are priced out of the better-performing school districts because of rising home prices. Employers are having a tough time retaining staff due to rising rental rates.  Atlanta’s competitive advantage of affordability may be waning. Atlanta’s major problems are twofold: The city is experiencing an affordable housing crisis, not yet rivaling other East Coast cities like Washington, D.C. and Boston, but some predict the writing is on the wall.  And because people cannot afford to live … Read More

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Why we love Atlanta.

This article appeared in the Saporta Report on August 8, 2017. by Ryan Gravel Love is in the air. Don’t get me wrong – it’s easy enough to see Atlanta’s shortcomings. But when you take a minute to see them as opportunities, and when you watch people grab hold of them and make this city their own, it’s hard not to fall in love with Atlanta. In fact, the most common observation I hear from people about why they love this town – why they moved here or what makes … Read More

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The Lovable City

What makes a city lovable? As Atlanta enters a period of transformation, it’s important for city leaders, developers, planners and everyday citizens to take a moment and reflect on what we love most about where we live. That’s why this year’s theme for the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Atlanta Awards of Excellence is “The Lovable City” – an invitation to celebrate the people, projects and places we love in Atlanta. Taking time out to celebrate what we love about our city and its built environment keeps us honest about creating, … Read More

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The Link Between the Shifting Retail Market and Revitalizing Greyfields

Cities and towns across the country are being challenged with how to revitalize auto-centric, sprawling corridors into more pedestrian friendly, thriving destinations. At the same time, the retail industry is experiencing a major economic shift. How can these dated commercial strips be transformed into more attractive and innovative streetscapes? To help answer this question, ULI Atlanta convened a panel discussion on Thursday, June 29 featuring remarks by ULI senior fellow Ed McMahon, a national expert on health and real estate, sustainable development, and land use. Ed shared his belief that … Read More

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Rethinking Retail Corridors: From Grayfields To Boulevards

An examination of the Highway 9 corridor in North Atlanta  As older auto-oriented commercial corridors reach obsolescence, the Atlanta metro area has a unique opportunity to redevelop these zones into vibrant, beautiful places. Many of these commercial corridors contain larger parcels of vacant commercial uses: strip retail, car dealerships and office, as well as garden-style multifamily that are reaching the end of their useful lives. With an approach that combines private investment, public participation and involvement by municipalities, these corridors could improve the character and provide a sense of place … Read More

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

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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