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The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Meadowbrook Farm has a New Director


The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Meadowbrook Farm, for which ULI Philadelphia conducted a Technical Assistance Panel last year, has a new director,  Jenny Rose Carey. Carey is a longtime horticultural educator, historian and author, and will bring a hands-on approach to the Abington Township landscape jewel.  Meadowbrook Farm is the former estate of renowned florist, landscape artist, and Philadelphia Flower Show chairman and adviser, J. Liddon Pennock, who bequeathed the 1930s stone house and grounds to Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. “Jenny Rose will bring Liddon’s beautiful legacy to life,” said Pennsylvania Horticultural Society president, Drew Becher. Read ULI’s … Read More

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ULI Philadelphia member, Antonio Fiol-Silva of WRT Selected for 2015 Class of Fellows for Rose Center for Public Leadership


The Urban Land Institute (ULI) announced on November 19, 2014 that Antonio Fiol-Silva, principal at Wallace Roberts and Todd (WRT) in Philadelphia along with the mayors of Boston, Omaha, Pittsburgh and Seattle have been selected to participate in the 2015 class of fellows for the Rose Center for Public Leadership. Fiol-Silva is one of only eight urban development and design leaders nationally and the only expert locally appointed to provide counsel to the 2015 class. The mayor of each city will lead a team of three fellows and a coordinator, who together will select a local … Read More

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Thank you from ULI Philadelphia!

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Thank you to all who attended and placed bids at our Annual Holiday Party and Silent Auction on Wednesday night at the beautiful Union Trust in Philadelphia. We had a wonderful turnout and are extremely grateful to those who participated in our silent auction! Congratulations to all of the auction winners! You helped make our 3rd Annual Silent Auction to benefit the ULI Philadelphia Future Leaders Scholarship Fund a great success! We raised thousand of dollars  to deserving students pursuing a ULI-related field. Read more about the scholarship here.

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PwC and ULI Emerging Trends in Real Estate in the News


The industry leaders participated in a moderated conversation during at the Philadelphia Urban Land Institute’s annual “Emerging Trends” briefing held last month on November 21 at the Union League. Mega trends to look for in 2015 and strategies for a better Philadelphia have been common topics in the news driven by the event.   Read coverage here: “18-Hour City ‘Comes of Age,’ Says PwC/ULI Emerging Trends Report” “Taxes, Job Growth, Public Education, Holding Back Philadelphia: ULI Panel” “Real estate doctors offer prescriptions for a better Philly at ULI forum”

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Urban Land Institute Philadelphia Releases Report on Transforming Market Square in Harrisburg, PA

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At the request of Modern Transit Partnership (MTP), Urban Land Institute Philadelphia, the tri-state District Council of the global non-profit Urban Land Institute, conducted a Technical Assistance Panel(TAP) to study opportunities and challenges surrounding the public Transfer Center in Market Square. The report strongly recommends moving the existing Transfer Center to the Harrisburg Transportation Center, and outlines a process that will enable MTP to achieve its goal of creating a truly multi-modal transportation center, while laying the groundwork for economic development and a vital, energetic downtown. Read more and see … Read More

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Spotlight: Tom Smithgall

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This month ULI Philadelphia spotlights Tom Smithgall, Senior Vice President at High Real Estate Group LLC.  Tom has more than 25 years of development and building experience with industrial, commercial and hospitality projects throughout the eastern U.S.  He currently serves as co-chair of the Central Pennsylvania Regional Satellite Council and is Regional Satellites Council Chair, as well as a member of the Advisory Board and Management Committee. How long have you been a ULI member? I was encouraged to join ULI by my predecessor in 1997 and have been fortunate to be … Read More

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“Real Estate Doctors Offer Prescriptions for a Better Philly”


“If you were king for a day, what would you change about the way the city operates?” That question, posed to a panel of local real estate leaders at the Urban Land Institute Philadelphia’s annual “Emerging Trends in Real Estate” event at the Union League on November 22, produced the most interesting responses from the panel discussion, according to Sandy Smith, real estate blogger and attendee at this year’s conference. The four panelists – Daniel M. DiLella, president and CEO of Equus Capital Partners; William P. Hankowsky, president and CEO of Liberty Property … Read More

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Who are the top women in real estate?

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In her latest article for Fortune Magazine, editor Leigh Gallagher reflects on her interview with Marilyn Jordan Taylor at ULI Philadelphia’s Women’s Leadership Initiative Council held on November 5, 2014. Fortune’s resident real estate expert says readers should keep their eyes on the industry’s rising crop of successful women. Read more here.

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Conversation with Leigh Gallagher

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On November 5, the ULI Philadelphia Women’s Leadership Initiative hosted a terrific discussion with Fortune Magazine editor, author and MSNBC contributor Leigh Gallagher and Penn School of Design Dean Marilyn Jordan Taylor.  The conversation focused on the latest trends in journalism, key facets of leadership, and of course, an in depth Q&A about Leigh’s new book, The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream Is Moving. In a recent interview with Urban Land Magazine, Gallagher that the suburbs are suffering because of changing demographic trends, rising crime in the suburbs and a general … Read More

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Woolwich Township looks toward Regional Center


  At the request of Woolwich Township, Urban Land Institute Philadelphia, the tri-state District Council of the global non-profit Urban Land Institute, conducted a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) to study opportunities and challenges surrounding the development of the Woolwich Township Regional Center.  The report offers recommendations to reconfigure the existing center into three core areas of mixed-use, industrial and low impact rural/institutional zones; developing a trail system to leverage natural resources and rethinking design guidelines to make the center more walkable and accessible for both pedestrians and vehicles. Exit 2 of the … Read More

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