ULI Houston Development of Distinction Awards Honors Innovative Elementary School

Children plant fruits and vegetables in the James Berry school garden.

For the first time in the seven-year history of ULI Houston’s Development of Distinction Awards, a “positive impact on community health” was made part of the award criteria. While many outstanding projects were honored, James Berry Elementary School–the winner in the non-profit category–stood out as exemplary….
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Ten Principles for Building Healthy Places District Council Speaker Series Underway

Principle 1: Put People First

In late January, Maureen McAvey presented findings from the Ten Principles for Building Healthy Places report at the inaugural meeting of ULI’s Carolinas District Councils in Charlotte. Participants in this speaker series hear from ULI staff, prominent members, and local response panels about how the principles outlined in this report can be used to design and build healthier places in their communities. …
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Walkable Urban Places: Good for Business, Good for Health

Pedestrian-oriented street near the GWU Campus in Washington, DC

Two recently released two reports explore the re-emergence of walkable urban places—dubbed “WalkUPs”—and possibly the decline of sprawl in two major U.S. cities: Atlanta, GA and Washington, DC. Findings from both reports showed that the economic value of neighborhoods is positively correlated with the walkability of those neighborhoods….
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The End of Suburban Sprawl? Observations from Ed McMahon’s Summer Trips

Carmel, Indiana Town Center

Is the end of suburban sprawl here? No, not yet, writes ULI Senior Resident Fellow Ed McMahon. But on his recent trips to communities across the United States to speak about the ULI report “Shifting Suburbs: Reinventing Infrastructure for Compact Development,” he saw ample evidence that the autocentric model that has long characterized American suburbs is changing….
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