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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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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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Sports as Catalyst for a Healthier Atlanta

By ULI Atlanta At the start of his speech on December 7, 2014, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach quoted Nelson Mandela, saying, “Sport has the power to change the world.” He used these words as the foundation for his announcement of Agenda 2020, a significant moment of reflection by the IOC and one that will evolve and make the Games more relevant to the greater challenges facing our society. In many ways, Agenda 2020 aligns with the ULI Building Healthy Places Initiative. It acknowledges the distinct differences of cities … Read More

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Who Knew Millennials and Baby Boomers Have Something Important in Common?

By John Goff, Managing Principal of DaVinci Development Collaborative, LLC For as many years as there have been older people on earth, it’s been a common ritual for older folks to question the habits and preferences of their kids’ and grandkids’ generations. The same is true today with Millennials – everybody loves weighing in on their different work habits and the digital addictions that they bring to our world. Yet working as I have in civic and commercial real estate development for the past few decades, I’ve noticed something unusual … Read More

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Walk This Way: Tomorrow’s Walk-Up

By Matt Scofield, Account Manager, Jackson Spalding As part of ULI’s Center for Leadership class, our team was tasked with working with Pedestrians Educating Drivers on Safety (PEDS) to promote its mission of making the Atlanta region safe and accessible to all pedestrians. Specifically, we wanted to find ways PEDS could connect with developers earlier in the planning process so that they could better connect the destinations they plan to build with the communities surrounding, and impacted by, them. In 1917, incoming Chamber of Commerce President Ivan Allen (father of … Read More

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ULI Atlanta Award for Building Healthy Places

By Sarah Kirsch, Executive Director, ULI Atlanta Atlanta is not known for its healthy land use patterns but that’s changing – and ULI is establishing an award to celebrate this evolution. An example of this change is the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail. Not long after it opened, my family was joking that the BeltLine should be completely reframed not as economic development, community building, or infrastructure investment – even though it is clearly all of those things and more – but as a health initiative. My husband even suggested the … Read More

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Sarah Kirsch to lead Urban Land Institute’s Atlanta district

by Maria Saporta Contributing Writer-Atlanta Business Chronicle   The Atlanta district of the Urban Land Institute has picked a new executive director – Sarah Kirsch– who has been serving in an interim capacity since June. As an Atlanta native, Kirsch is looking forward to the opportunity to help empower the local development community into creating a more sustainable and resilient region. “My hope is that we can become a more active and proactive player in the development of our region,” Kirsch said in an interview. Kirsch has been serving as ULI’s director of … Read More

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CRE Picking Up in Birmingham and Multifamily Leads the Charge

by Cindy F. Crawford Editor-Birmingham Business Journal Commercial real estate lending has picked up in Birmingham, but it’s by no means at pre-recession levels, echoed a panel of local experts Thursday at an event organized by a local startup Urban Land Institute group. And the top loans are going to multifamily projects – a market panelists were bullish about in Birmingham, largely because of the boom of downtown development like Regions Field and its proximity to theUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham. Tom Genetti, senior vice president of permanent loans for … Read More

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Real Estate Pros Forming Birmingham Urban Land Institute Chapter

by Cindy F. Crawford Editor-Birmingham Business Journal A group of local commercial real estate professionals are working to organize the first Birmingham chapter of the Urban Land Institute. Spearheaded by local chairwoman Cathy Sloss Jones of Sloss Real Estate, the local “district council” of ULI will host networking events with a goal of bringing public and private commercial real estate players together to discuss land policies and leadership of development for Birmingham.  Read more.

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