Author Archives: ErinNardini

Making Joe Frazier’s Gym a historical site won’t be easy

Joe Frazier‘s Gym on N. Broad Street is an iconic location, where the former heavyweight champion trained for classic bouts with Muhammad Ali — like the Fight of the Century and the Thrilla in Manilla. But the gym closed in 2008 and Smokin’Joe died in 2011. The space has since been sold and leased to a retail furniture store. But there’s a movement to give Joe Frazier‘s Gym a historical designation and purpose. ULI Philadelphia, the tri-state District Council of the global non-profitUrban Land Institute, released a report detailing what the city can do with the … Read More

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The Modules featured in Urban Land Magazine

Urban Land Magazine: Medium-Tall Multifamily Housing Urban Land Magazine is the magazine of Urban Land Institute – an organization with a mission to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Each month, Urban Land profiles projects that exemplify best practices in the construction industry.  In the March/April edition, Urban Land featured notable Medium-Tall Mutifamily Housing projects.  From Urban Land: “Medium-tall buildings may not match high-rises in terms of density, but they offer other advantages in an urbanizing world.  They block less sunlight … Read More

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Panel urges developers to ‘build healthy’

The link between health and commercial development is inescapable and a growing trend that more developers, architects, planners and engineers are paying attention to, according to a global nonprofit group. Communities throughout the Lehigh Valley and around the world continue to face pressing health challenges of air pollution, a growing population, depleting resources, fewer healthy-eating options and high obesity levels. Yet strategies exist for building healthier communities. A panel discussion at Lehigh University’s Mountaintop Campus in Bethlehem on Wednesday explored ways that some cities and towns are addressing these goals. … Read More

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What ESI’s housing price index (HPI) reveals about Philadelphia neighborhoods

The view from Center City looks good, with residential development blossoming in seemingly every direction.  On the other hand, the outlook for many other neighborhoods is not so rosy. Seemingly perpetual school funding crises, frayed infrastructure, and decaying housing stand in stark contrast to the Central Philadelphia success story. Econsult Solutions’ quarterly Philadelphia Housing Index (PHI) illustrates housing trends every three months, and in its Winter 2014 edition it provided a look back by comparing prices from 2003 to prices at the end of 2013.[1]  Looking back 10 years to … Read More

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Bigger plans for developing both sides of Schuylkill

WHYY    March 4, 201 The area along the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia is alive with development. In the last few years new businesses, residences and university buildings have sprung up along with the River Trail. Today real estate professionals gathered for an Urban Land Institute discussion to talk about the progress so far, and the future. The Schuylkill Corridor connects two big economic engines: Center City and the University City District. Developer Carl Dranoff suggested that it could be more than housing and street level stores. “For the most part … Read More

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ULI Awards program to honor Bill Rouse

ULI Awards program to honor Bill Rouse By Natalie Kostelni, Reporter February 7, 2014 Urban Land Institute’s Philadelphia division has launched an awards program to recognize outstanding and transformational developments throughout the region. It will be called the Willard G. Rouse III Awards for Excellence in an homage to one of Philadelphia’s great developers, civic leaders and original founding members of the local ULI district council, said Chris Hager, senior principal at Langan Engineering & Environmental Services. Hager is chair of ULI-Philadelphia. Rouse founded Liberty Property Trust and its predecessor … Read More

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A Community Vision for East and West Fairmount Park

PennPraxis and the Penn Project for Civic Engagement have an exciting new project underway in partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation that we thought might be of interest to you.  This one takes us beyond the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to the place where our city park system first began: East and West Fairmount Park. At 2,050 acres, East and West Fairmount Park is the undisputed heart of Philadelphia’s park system.  East and West Fairmount Park is one of the greatest gifts ever given to Philadelphia, for the drinking water it … Read More

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Mayor’s Office of Transportation & Utilities: Request for Statement of Interest (RFI) to Host and/or Sponsor Bike Sharing Station(s) in Philadelphia

The City of Philadelphia is seeking expressions of interest from property owners, businesses, and institutions in Philadelphia to host and/or sponsor locations for the City’s upcoming bike sharing system. The purpose of the this request is to identify partnership opportunities to facilitate the development of a new means of affordable and convenient public transportation. Beginning in the autumn of 2014 Philadelphia will join other leading cities, including Washington, Boston, Chicago, New York Denver, Toronto, Montreal, London and Paris, in deploying a bike sharing system that will provide convenient, adorable, healthy, safe, and environmentally … Read More

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2013 ULI’s Place Making Conference-Presentations

All speaker presentations are now posted online from ULI’s 2013 Place Making Conference that was held in Philadelphia on June 24th-25th. Click here to download.

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ULI Philadelphia’s 2013-2014 Mentorship Program

The purpose of the ULI Philadelphia Mentorship Program is to foster an exchange of professional ideas, friendship, and expertise among young professionals and industry veterans in order to enhance the growth curve and experience of both parties. Here are two ULI members testimonies of their experience in the program. Mike Post is Vice President of Commercial Real Estate for M&T Bank in Doylestown, PA. He has been with M&T for 7 years, and has been a ULI member for 3 years. This was Mike’s first involvement with the ULI Mentorship … Read More

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