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Recap of ULI Disrupt

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On Tuesday September 27th, ULI Philadelphia welcomed its first all-female panel to discuss trends in transportation infrastructure, the internet of things, disruptive technology, and climate change. Moderated by Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC)’s Executive Director Barry Seymour, the panel featured a diverse range of thought leaders: Felicite Moorman. Esq., CEO of BuLogics & StraIS; Leslie Richards, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation; Harriet Tregoning, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Community Planning and Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Barry led off the panel by discussing three major forces that … Read More

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Recap: How The Rail Park & Spring Arts Utilize Parks, Popups, & Placemaking

On Wednesday September 14th members of The Rail Park, Mural Arts, and Center City District gathered at The Rail Park’s 10th and Hamilton Popup beer garden for a discussion on the importance of incorporating public art into creating new places. Below check out some of the photo highlights from the event:  

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Event Recap: 2016 Build Lehigh Valley

On September 7th, ULI Philadelphia and the The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC)’ delved into BuildLV’s 2016 report. Outlining trends in housing types, e-commerce, infrastructure, and the commercial sector, a panel of local, regional, and national experts discussed what these trends mean for the future of the Lehigh Valley area. The discussion followed two presentations: BuildLV Development & Outlook Report give by Becky Bradley (Executive Director at Lehigh Valley Planning Commission) and a comparative report of Lehigh Valley’s Northeast Inland Empire to Southern California’s Inland Empire. The event included not only … Read More

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Jonathan F. P. Rose Book Tour

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On Thursday, September 15th join The Philadelphia Center for Architecture + Design for a conversation with Jonathan F.P. Rose. Jonathan is a veteran developer known for creating affordable and green housing in New York City. Join this innovative real estate developer for the lunch of his new book The Well-Tempered City:What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations, and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life (September 2016, Harper Wave). Rose will offer insights into his research, his innovative ideas, and lessons he has learned over his career helping to redevelop … Read More

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How Breweries Are Changing the Face of Philadelphia

Members of ULI Philadelphia’s brewery panel discussed how Philadelphia neighborhoods have evolved thanks of the rise in craft breweries and brewpubs. Speaking from Philadelphia Brewing Company (PBC) in Kensington, executives from major developers, designers, breweries, and New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NCKDC) – the local neighborhood association – examined craft beer trends. Occurring hours after Yards Brewery announced their operational expansion to Fifth and Spring Garden, the panel focused on how breweries allowed for the rejuvenation and revitalization of neighborhoods across Philadelphia. Panelists specifically focused on the socio-economic impacts of … Read More

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Designing the houses today’s buyers want

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Using insights from ULI Spring Meeting’s housing panel, The Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Al Heavens describes how firms aim to design housing that appeal to a wide array of buyers. From Millennials looking to buy for the first time to Baby Boomers who are looking to downsize, its clear that housing aspirations are evolving.   While among the millennials, there are strong concerns that buying a house is a risky investment because of the drop in prices, “the appeal of home buying for them has nothing to do with financial considerations,” said Kermit Baker, … Read More

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Reinventing a city requires a strategy, not just money

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It’s apparent that the city of Philadelphia is undergoing a massive real estate transformation; many tourists and first-timers are pleasantly surprised by the incredible projects in the region. The reinventing of the city was put on a national stage during April’s Spring Meeting in Philadelphia. Leaders from across the globe were impressed by Philadelphia’s unique culture and heritage and how it’s incorporated into the city’s infrastructure and strategy. The Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Al Heavens had this realization while monitoring #ULISpring on Twitter during the Spring Meeting: The impressions expressed by the tourists were positive. … Read More

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Bike (and pedestrian) friendliness are big factors in home marketability

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ULI’s Spring Meeting last month featured an array of hot topics in real estate, one of which was transportation trends. Philadelphia, a city not known for being bike or pedestrian friendly, has made great strides in recent years to combat this stigma. In this month alone, Center City was recently named as the spot with the top bike score in the country by Redfin and the city as a whole was named the fourth most walkable in the US. Using insights from ULI Spring Meeting thought leaders like Edward McMahon, a … Read More

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15 Finalists Announced for ULI Philadelphia’s 2016 Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III Awards for Excellence

National jury panel selected; winners to be announced June 15th Philadelphia – May 10, 2016 – ULI Philadelphia is pleased to announce 15 finalists for ULI Philadelphia’s third annual Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III Awards for Excellence. The Awards for Excellence recognize top projects completed within the last five years by ULI members and nonmembers throughout Eastern and Central Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware.  More than two dozen entries were received.  Winners will be announced at an awards reception on June 15th at the Ballroom at The Ben in … Read More

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Carl Dranoff Op-Ed in Philadelphia Inquirer

Carl Dranoff

Carl Dranoff, president and founder of Dranoff Properties, penned an op-ed for the Philadelphia Inquirer on how democracy and optimism have transformed Philadelphia and will continue to do so for years to come. As over 3,500 members of the Urban Land Institute gather in Philadelphia for the Spring Meeting, Carl reflects on all that’s changed in the twenty years since the conference last met in Philly. “How did Philadelphia redefine itself from a quaint, historic city of neighborhoods, hobbled by industrial abandonment, into America’s first World Heritage City, akin to Paris, … Read More

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