New ULI Report Looks at Innovative Financing Efforts Aimed at Preserving Workforce and Affordable Housing

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The shrinking supply of workforce and affordable rental housing in cities across the U.S. has sparked innovative financing vehicles from an array of real estate firms to preserve the units, helping to stem the loss of an urgently needed product, according to a report released today from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and NeighborWorks America….
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Real Estate Performance in Asia Reflects Abundance of Capital Flowing to Core Space and a Flight to Safe Haven Markets, Says Emerging Trends in Real Estate® Asia Pacific 2016

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Real estate activity in Asia next year will reflect a continuation of trends seen in 2015 – an abundance of capital flowing to core space, as well as a flight to safe havens in the region’s most developed and liquid markets, according to Emerging Trends in Real Estate® Asia Pacific 2016, a real estate forecast jointly published by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and PwC. Japan and Australia remain the favorite countries for investment and development, with Tokyo, Sydney, Melbourne and Osaka taking four of the top five spots for promising markets in the Asia Pacific region. Ho Chi Minh City, rated fifth, rounds out the list of most favored markets….
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ULI Housing Leaders Join Partnership for a Healthier America, a Coalition of Industries Fighting Obesity

Vitus Group recently completed a major renovation to Meadowbrook Apartments, which provides 440 units of affordable housing to families in San Diego. The renovations including new playgrounds, landscaping, and a community garden for the complex's 1,200 residents.

The Partnership for a Healthier America is keen to recruit to its network developers of affordable and mixed-income housing, which serve poor individuals and families who often have worse health outcomes than the population at large, including higher rates of obesity, chronic disease, and premature mortality. Among PHA’s list of partners are two active ULI members who see their inclusion in PHA as a way to elevate an issue they care deeply about—using housing as a tool to improve the health among residents and the quality of life in their communities. …
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New ULI Washington Survey Portrays Millenials as “Optimistic Urbanists”

ULI Washington panelists discuss a housing survey of millennials living inside the Capital Beltway

A new report from ULI Washington finds that the majority of millennials living in the District of Columbia and the adjacent suburbs of Maryland and Virginia are satisfied with their current housing, neighborhoods, and transportation alternatives, but many are uncertain about their ability to afford city living as they age and their lifestyles change….
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Retrofitting Suburbs into Walkable, Amenity-Rich Neighborhoods

Ellen Dunham-Jones discusses retrofitting suburbia at the ULI Toronto symposium earlier this month

At its essence, retrofitting suburbs is about transforming strip malls, sprawling subdivisions, big-box stores, and all the other spaces that Ellen Dunham-Jones calls “prototypical suburban property types” into more livable and sustainable places.“[The suburbs] were wonderful places when they were being built, and they helped a lot of generations of families achieve terrific quality of life,” Dunham-Jones told ULI members gathered for the inaugural ULI Toronto Emerging Trends and City Building Fall Symposium, held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre….
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