Monthly Archives: March 2016

Correlation Between Active Transportation and Increased Property Values

By Phyllis Tuchmann, ULI Orange County/Inland Empire “Damn that traffic jam!  How I hate to be late.  Hurts my motor to go so slow. Damn that traffic jam.” – Lyrics by James Taylor. Waiting in traffic is not “Active Transportation,” a new planning vernacular for non-motorized transportation, specifically biking and walking. “Bicycling is the fastest-growing form of transportation for commuters in the US.  Fifty percent of US residents say that walkability is a top priority or a high priority when considering where to live,” says Ed McMahon, Senior Resident Fellow … Read More

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ULI’s Executive Committee for the Americas

WASHINGTON (March 17, 2016) – The Urban Land Institute (ULI), one of the world’s leading authorities on land use and urban planning, appointed a group of 15 nationally recognized industry leaders to its newly formed executive committee for the Americas.  The regional committee is a key element in ULI’s comprehensive restructuring plan launched earlier this year.  Members of the committee will start serving their terms on July 1, 2016. Chaired by Trish Healy, founding principal of Hyde Street Holdings, LLC in Raleigh, North Carolina, the members are: Marty Burger, Chief … Read More

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Request for Information for City Center Project – Litchfield Park, AZ

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The City of Litchfield Park invites qualified and experienced firms to provide the development and planning expertise needed to plan appropriate uses for 24 acres of City-owned property located within the heart of the City of Litchfield Park, which will ultimately be sold or leased to one or more developers to build in accordance with the approved plan. The planning phase of this project will be for the next six to nine months. The City of Litchfield Park is a beautiful city of 5,759 residents located a short 15 miles … Read More

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ULI Europe Conference: An Interview with OC/IE Member Robert Miranda on His Experience in Paris


On February 2nd and 3rd ULI held its annual Europe Conference in Paris, France. The ULI Europe Conference brings together over 600 decision makers from all sectors of the real estate industry, including institutional investors, funders, developers, advisers, planners, architects and city leaders. The conference provides the perfect forum for attendees to gain new insights into the latest real estate trends, as well as make new connections and strengthen existing relationships. The 2016 program delved into economic, geo-political and urban development issues with particular focus on density, disruptive technologies and … Read More

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People + Collaboration = Public Realm


Public places are created by people for the people. They are created via collaboration and result in a place for congregation. Public places have the potential to address community problems and offer incentives for all the parties involved. Successful public realms drive economic development, increase community vitality, and encourage political will. Since public places are a result of multi-party collaboration, all parties must “win” in order to achieve success. The 2012 OC Community Indicators Report identified a fundamental problem hindering the social and economic growth of Orange County: young professionals … Read More

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ULI NEXT Discusses “Community”

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The newly-formed NEXT Council (professionals aged 35-45 years old) met on February 11th at the offices of Manatt Phelps for their second council meeting. The Council’s membership represents a wide sector of the real estate industry from lawyers to residential developers/builders, property managers to investors, and consultants to those in the public sector.  The subject of this meeting was “Community” and the members engaged in a spirited discussion regarding what “community” meant to them. The responses were as diverse as the NEXT Council’s membership. There were those who said that … Read More

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The Money Chase 2016 in Review


The Capital Markets Initiative Council once again produced a phenomenal “Money Chase” event on February 25th at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach.  The keynote speaker at the sold out event was Ethan Penner – an industry heavyweight who is credited as the architect of the commercial mortgage backed securities (“CMBS”) market.  The interview was conducted by Jerome Fink, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of The Bascom Group, who posed a number of thought-provoking questions that were centered on the state of the market, and where we’re headed. One of the … Read More

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ULI Names Kathleen B. Carey as New President and Chief Executive Officer of the ULI Foundation


For more information, contact Trish Riggs at 202-624-7086 WASHINGTON (March 3, 2016) – The Urban Land Institute (ULI), a global research and education institute dedicated to responsible land use and creating thriving, sustainable communities, has appointed Kathleen B. Carey as president and chief executive officer of the ULI Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Institute that supports ULI’s programs, services and activities. In her new role, Carey will oversee all fundraising activities for ULI and the ULI Foundation, the Foundation’s Annual Fund, the Foundation Governors program, ULI’s work with philanthropic grantors … Read More

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Online Survey Now Available for Harbor Blvd. Study

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Do you use a bus, car or bike to move on Harbor Blvd.? If you do, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) wants to know what you think about the challenges and opportunities for improving transit and traffic on and near Harbor Blvd.  OCTA is partnering with the cities of Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Anaheim and Fullerton for the Central Harbor Blvd. Transit Corridor Study. Harbor Blvd. provides a vital north-south connection linking residents, businesses, schools and visitor destinations and has the distinction of being the busiest bus corridor in Orange County. Please take … Read More

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