Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa — Advisory Services Panel

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The ULI Advisory Services program has conducted a series of panels in the Republic of South Africa. These panels have been conducted at the request of the World Bank in cooperation with the National Treasury of South Africa. These panels are provided to the National Treasury and to participating metropolitan areas that draw on the World Bank’s global experience and network of urban experts. The National Treasury’s Cities’ Support Programme (CSP) is a unit within the National Treasury that provides technical assistance to cities in South Africa. That assistance is aimed at helping cities manage the built environment in a way that promotes economic growth, job creation, access to basic services, environmental sustainability, and public accountability….
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SouthPark, Charlotte, NC —Advisory Services Panel


While SouthPark has historically been an office and retail location, the study area is currently in a significant phase of its evolution. Current development is transforming this suburban activity center to an urban activity center. However, due to the changing trends in development and redevelopment, the community’s desire to protect the existing surrounding single family character, and the increased infrastructure demands, SouthPark requires a comprehensive strategy to sustain and strength the areas future as a premier Charlotte community to live, work, play and invest….
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St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana—Advisory Services Panel

St. Tammany Parish, is located on the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain. St. Tammany Parish (Parish) is separated from the major population centers of Orleans Parish and Jefferson Parish by a twenty-six mile bridge on the eastern edge of Lake Pontchartrain, and the 24-mile Lake Pontchartrain Causeway at the Lake’s center. The Parish is included within the Greater New Orleans MSA. Construction of the Causeway, some 50 years ago, transformed the Parish from a low-density, rural community into the fastest growing parish in the State of Louisiana, with the fifth largest population in the State. The Parish continues to experience both the sustained and sudden influx of residents and businesses from coastal and flood-prone areas of Southeast Louisiana, intensifying the strain of recovery from the seven major disasters that have hit Southeast Louisiana over the last ten years….
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Fort Worth, Texas—Advisory Services Panel

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The Urban land Institute was asked by the sponsors to evaluate and provide strategic advice regarding the development potential of the land which Butler Place, the city’s oldest and predominately African American housing project, is situated. The FWHA’s 2015-2019 Strategic Action Plan calls for the Butler Place Apartments to be evaluated for redevelopment under the right circumstances, namely due to the high maintenance costs of the dated housing, the concentration of poverty, and the isolation of the residents from the larger community. The proximity of the site to the successful downtown Fort Worth and the availability of new federal funds provides an significant opportunity for redevelopment of this site into a mixed-income, mixed-use site that can retain its historic place as a location for African American families while enhancing opportunities for interaction with the Schools District’s new STEM Arts School at the historic IM Terrell School….
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Largo Town Center, Maryland—Advisory Services Panel


Located in Prince George’s County, five miles east of Washington, D.C., the mixed-use Largo Town Center is highly accessible by automobile, intesecting several regionally important highways and roadways. The area contains approximately 800 acres of land, more than 200 acres of which are vacant or undeveloped. The center is focused round the Largo Town Center Metro Station, which is the terminal station for the Blue Line and Silver Line in Prince George’s County, and offers direct rapid transit access to the rest of the Washington metropolitan region….
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Skidaway Island, Georgia—Advisory Services Panel


The Landings is a gated, planned-development community located on Skidaway Island, an interior barrier island off the coast of Savannah, Georgia. Located in Chatham County, the island is separated from the mainland by the Intracoastal Waterway and the Wilmington River. Skidaway Island features vast natural character and abundant wildlife, and is home to Skidaway Island State Park and University of Georgia’s Marine Extension Service – The Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. The Landings is home to an estimated 8,500 residents at peak times, with approximately 34 percent of the Island’s households earning incomes greater than $150,000. With six golf old courses, the Landings is a community that lives and breathes the golf life-style….
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Duluth, Minnesota—Advisory Services Panel


With a population of 86,238 (2014 Census), Duluth is the third largest city in Minnesota, located across from Superior, Wisconsin. It is 26 miles long extending along the shores of Lake Superior and the St. Louis River and is 5 miles long at its widest (averages 2.5 miles wide). A cross section would show an “above the bluff” area that drops 680 feet over 1 mile to the river/lake level. The City has over 40 creeks (26 named trout creeks) that cut into the Duluth gabbro that makes up the hillside and empties into the St. Louis River or directly to Lake Superior. Duluth is the second largest city on the lake and is home to the largest port on the Great Lakes system….
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