Former vice president Joseph R. Biden Jr. sounded an optimistic note in his address to ULI Spring Meeting attendees in Seattle, showing some of the populist spirit that earned him the nickname “Uncle in Chief.”
A recent ULI Northwest event featured presentations and panel discussion on what it will take to bring the next generation of shoppers into retail locations. Starbucks and Nordstrom executives presented insights on how their businesses are evolving.
The mayors of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Anchorage, Alaska, and San Jose, California, spoke at a forum presented by the Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use in Seattle discussing their solutions for the issues of revitalization, equity, and resilience in cities.
ULI has selected Kevin Brass as the recipient of the 2017 ULI Apgar Urban Land award, which recognizes industry articles of practical value published in Urban Land magazine, the Institute’s flagship publication. Brass was selected for three articles published in 2016: “Before It Runs Off,” which appeared in the May/June issue; “Drawing People In,” published in the January/February issue; and “Rerouting the Trinity River,” published in the September/October issue.
Developers of master-planned communities must prepare for the next generation of buyers, attendees were told at the 2017 ULI Spring Meeting, looking for a combination of affordability, accessibility, green space, recreation, access to healthy food, and entertainment.
Contrary to some predictions, e-commerce has not made brick-and-mortar retail a thing of the past. Instead, as attendees at a ULI Spring Meeting session learned, shopping and dining are making critical contributions to activating urban spaces and helping shopping centers continuously evolve.
Alphabet, Amazon, and Facebook are just a few of the tech giants snapping up space.
In an area bound by waterways, public and private sector entities, supported by voters, pull out all the stops for better mobility.
Cranes fill the sky and construction crews complicate navigation through Seattle’s streets as development projects downtown and in other close-in urban neighborhoods usher in a higher and denser city.
The evolution of “smart” cities is about solving specific problems more than sweeping urban transformation, panelists emphasized during the 2017 ULI Spring Meeting. Targeted programs with clear benefits are defining smart cities, not the widespread embrace of new technology, they said. In Seattle, “smart” means expanding the network of low-cost sensors, which is allowing for adaptive traffic signals and detailed weather mapping that can track microclimates and rain surges.
Urban business locations are not just for startups. Some of America’s largest and oldest industrial powerhouses are moving their headquarters locations from bucolic suburban office parks to vibrant downtown neighborhoods, positioning themselves for growth in the digital age. Two such relocations—Weyerhauser and General Electric—were discussed at the ULI Spring Meeting in Seattle.