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Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI): Where Relationships Help Build Opportunity

By: Kim Bucklew Since its inception in 2011, ULI’s Women Leadership Initiative (WLI) has been on a mission to increase the visibility of women leaders throughout the real estate industry. A ULI survey of its membership revealed only 25 percent were women and of those women only 14 percent were CEOs. A clear gender gap exists when we talk about women in leadership across all industries, real estate is no exception. Something has to change and change is good. Atlanta’s WLI for 2018 is designed to inspire women by showcasing … Read More

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Atlanta’s Changing Transportation Ecosystem

Atlanta’s traffic woes are a well-known story. Despite having the nation’s 9th largest transit system, we are still an auto-centric city and region, rife with congestion along our main corridors. The lesser known story, perhaps, is the remarkable level of investment and coordination currently underway among our state and regional agencies to make significant changes in how Atlantans move around and through the region. The momentum began in earnest in 2015 when House Bill 170 passed, providing additional, dedicated, cost adjusted funding for transportation investment across the state of Georgia. … Read More

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Out of the Ashes, Once Again

On July 31, 2012, the Atlanta region soundly rejected a well-publicized and carefully orchestrated Transportation Special Local Option Sales Tax (TSLOST) which would have funded multiple billions of dollars of projects for the region. While those of us in the shell-shocked transportation advocacy world licked our wounds amidst the clearing smoke on the battlefield, pundits claimed that Atlanta would never get out of its perpetual traffic woes, which became emblematic for the city since the late 1990s. Much like Phoenix rising from the ashes, however, the transportation community made a … Read More

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Shedding Atlanta’s Transportation Stigma

Transportation. A hot button topic that can be as aggravating as many of the cliché’ terms out there like “Hotlanta” or “the ATL” that are commonly used to describe our fare city. The obligatory “I hear the traffic is horrible” or “how’s your commute?” will undoubtedly follow almost any Atlantan’s introduction to an outsider. The good news is that we have rare opportunity to make it better and possibly shed our transportation stigma for good, or at least until I-85 burns down again. In 2016, Atlantans voted in favor of a … Read More

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What Tools Are Needed To Advance An Affordable Housing Agenda?

by Sharon Gay In her inauguration speech as the 60th Mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms identified a $1 billion-dollar housing affordability plan, the largest affordable housing investment in Atlanta’s history. But what does this investment buy and how much affordable housing will it build? What are the priorities and how will they be set? These are all important questions and ones that we collaboratively will need to support and work through. It is an audacious goal and one worthy of us all taking to heart in pursuit of sustainable solutions … Read More

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What Is Atlanta’s ‘Hedgehog’?

A city long known for its affordability, hospitality, and warm climate is at cross-roads. When I think about what I want Atlanta’s story to be relative to affordable housing, I don’t want a researcher being quoted in the AJC in five years saying, “we did not act fast enough to preserve, produce or protect affordable housing here.” Some of you may say, “Too late… that ship has sailed.” But I don’t think so.  Yes, the window is closing but we have the tools, the ideas, and the leadership to make … Read More

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What Issues Matter To You And The Greater Atlanta Region In 2018?

By: Wayne Williams, Programs Committee, ULI Atlanta In 2017, ULI Atlanta’s Programs Committee launched a series called Issues that Matter. This series allows ULI members to hear from Atlanta-based thought leaders to discuss the critical issues challenging Atlanta and surrounding region for creating and sustaining thriving communities. For 2017, the focus of our programs were community development and revitalization, regional and local transportation, and water resource management. A common element of each topic included how these issues intersect with land use and the built environment along with growth and economic development. The first conversation … Read More

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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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