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The New Gateway to Boston’s Historic Downtown

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For perhaps the first time since wrecking balls demolished the tenements and shops of Boston’s West End, the neighborhood is again teeming with a renewed sense of energy. Cranes, trains and constant foot traffic define a newly reimagined gateway neighborhood at the intersection of the North End, West End, and Bulfinch Triangle. By 2020, the addition of more than two and a half million square feet of new development promises to reshape the neighborhood with the inclusion of retail, office and hospitality developments. It will also include market-rate and middle-class … Read More

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Cultivating Vibrancy In Connecticut’s Capital City

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By Jamie Bratt Hartford’s development headlines this year reveal a tale of two cities. On the one hand, the structural deficit and high tax rate have stagnated the city, leading to depressed real estate values and some high-profile corporate departures. On the contrary, “The ongoing redevelopment has begun to change the trajectory of Hartford, particularly downtown, bringing more people to live here and explore all the city has to offer. Hartford also remains the commercial epicenter of the region, home to many blue-chip corporations as well as small and midsize … Read More

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Boston Real Estate Leaders elected to the Governing Trustees of the Urban Land Institute

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The Boston/New England District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) announces the election of three local members to the Governing Trustees of ULI, joining 136 of the world’s foremost industry leaders. Governing Trustees frame ULI’s broad direction and agenda and provide leadership in advancement of the Institute’s mission. “The addition of these extraordinary land use leaders to our roster of Governing Trustees is strengthening ULI’s knowledge base and broadening its global reach,” said ULI Global Chief Executive Officer Patrick L. Phillips. “As ULI continues to expand, the expertise of our … Read More

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Member Spotlight: Jeff Myers, Managing Consultant, CoStar Portfolio Strategy

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Jeff Myers is a Managing Consultant with CoStar Portfolio Strategy. He provides consulting services for institutional clients in areas such as market selection, investment strategy, and investor communications. With a deep understanding of the mechanics of urban areas, he has monitored economies and CRE markets across the country and has in-depth knowledge of the five primary property types. Mr. Myers has authored white papers and he has been quoted in numerous national and local media outlets including National Real Estate Investor, Multi-Housing News, and the Wall Street Journal.     … Read More

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Retail: A Constant Refresh

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By Ryan Leeming If there is one thing that holds true for all types of retail, from fortress-style Class A malls to new open-air retail destinations to e-commerce companies, it’s the need to keep it fresh. Today’s consumer demands what’s new and original. And retailers are learning fast that what’s new today is old tomorrow. Because consumers are connected through many networks, both online and offline, what’s new travels fast. The internet has changed how we live, learn and shop. And, while e-commerce gives people access to what’s new in … Read More

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Disruption in Real Estate

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By Michelle Landers In less than ten years, Airbnb, Uber, and Lyft have changed the way we travel across town and around the world. These young firms have harnessed disruption as a key driver in technology innovation. Whether viewed through the lens of the gig economy or the sharing economy, these technologies have allowed individuals to monetize their homes and vehicles in ways unimaginable to most people not too long ago. Coined in 1997 by Clayton Christensen of Harvard Business School, the term disruptive technology can apply to everything from … Read More

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Member Spotlight: Corey Zehngebot, Senior Architect/Urban Designer, BPDA

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Corey Zehngebot, Senior Architect/Urban Designer, Boston Planning & Development Agency Corey Zehngebot, AIA, AICP, works as a Senior Urban Designer and Architect for the Boston Planning and Development Agency (formerly the Boston Redevelopment Authority). There, she works assiduously across scales but enjoys connecting her many interest-dots across agencies, sectors, and people. Primary responsibilities include a) conceptualizing, leading, and managing urban design initiatives and design guidelines b) conducting design review for downtown and neighborhood projects as part of compliance with Boston Zoning Code, and c) assistance with the design, substance, and … Read More

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Political Unity Drawing Employers to Tap Boston’s Talent 

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by Michael Hoban In recent years, Boston and the surrounding area has emerged not only as a favored city among global real estate investors but as a magnet for relocation by tech and life science companies seeking to attract and retain young talent. ULI Boston/New England recently hosted a program, where panelists discussed the thought processes of the leadership of the companies and investors that are wagering heavily on the continued success of the region. In a survey released in January by AFIRE (Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate), Boston ranked third in desirability by foreign … Read More

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Member Spotlight: Laurie Zapalac, Founding Principal, Zapalac Advisors

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Laurie Zapalac is the founding principal of Zapalac Advisors, an urban planning firm. Zapalac Advisors provides strategic consulting services for urban regeneration initiatives, including adaptive use and infill development. Laurie works closely with clients to understand industry and demographic change, enhance the quality of the built environment, foster place-based innovation, and increase community resiliency.       After completing a doctoral degree in the Urban Studies and Planning department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, you launched Zapalac Advisors. Why did you launch this new firm and how has Zapalac Advisors impacted … Read More

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Leadership Lookout with Richard Lampman, Director of Project Development, Ascon Construction

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The Impact of TAPs on Communities As co-chair of ULI Boston’s Real Estate Advisory Committee over the past nine years, I have been privileged to chair or participate in a variety of Technical Assistance Panels (TAPs). As many ULI members know, TAPs are a key component of the ULI Advisory Services program. Panelists for TAPs typically work one day sessions and are selected from the District Council’s membership to address land use challenges that require a combination of local knowledge and national perspective. Although many of the issues TAPs are … Read More

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