Author Archives: Manikka Bowman

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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Leadership Lookout with Tanya Segel, Co-Chair, Connecticut Steering Committee

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Tanya Segel, Managing Partner and Founder, REV Group, LLC and Vesta Real Estate Partners, LLC. Serving as the chair and co-chair of the Connecticut Steering Committee for two years, as well as being a standing Associate Member of ULI, I have seen first hand the real estate and land use challenges practitioners in Connecticut face. Despite a shrinking economy, Connecticut has experienced significant real estate and development activity in the realms of adaptive re-use, “eds and meds,” transit-oriented development (TOD), and affordable housing. Environmental issues, climate change/sea level rise and availability … Read More

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Understanding the Tenants, Talent, and Titans of Boston Real Estate

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by Jennifer Keller is a Director at HFF Boston remains one of the top 10 U.S. Markets to Watch for investment and is ranked #1 in the Northeast Region, according to the Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2017 report, from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and PwC. The report identifies the growth of technology, financial, and healthcare industries as key factors, in addition to the city’s world-class colleges and universities, driving Boston’s competitiveness relative to other markets nationally and internationally. These factors are not new or surprising. But, there are … Read More

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5 Questions with Jamie Simchik, Principal Planner, Fort Hill Places

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Jamie Simchik is a Principal Planner at Fort Hill Places in Boston, MA. Fort Hill Places is a Division of Fort Hill Companies LLC, a full-service architectural, engineering, and urban planning firm with offices in Massachusetts and Florida. In this capacity, Jamie advises public and private sector clients on a variety of real estate-related matters, including project management, preparation of development guidelines, pro forma creation, marketing, public outreach, entitlement strategies, site planning, and transportation planning. Jamie is a member of the ULI Urban Development & Mixed-Use Product National Product Council … Read More

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Sponsor Spotlight with Goulston & Storrs

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Sponsor Spotlight with CohnReznick: 2017 Commercial Real Estate Outlook

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2017 Commercial Real Estate Outlook In the years following the Great Recession, property fundamentals stabilized across all sectors. Coupled with a continually improving economic outlook, the various constituencies of the real estate industry have enjoyed something close to open-field running. In 2016, we saw those conditions begin to evolve as deals became harder to find. In the years following the Great Recession, property fundamentals stabilized across all sectors. Coupled with a continually improving economic outlook, the various constituencies of the real estate industry have enjoyed something close to open-field running. … Read More

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City Planning Must Go Beyond Roads And Parking Lots

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Prioritizing A Future With Infrastructure Investment And Design   It was the urban activist Jane Jacobs, author of “The Death and Life of Great American Cities,” whose loud criticism of master urban planner Robert Moses ushered in the end of development based on the notion that cars come first. While Moses’s legacy lives on through the parkways, freeways and other transportation structures he designed in and around New York City, his disdain for public transportation and walkable cities has only strengthened the view that infrastructure needs to do more than … Read More

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5 Questions with David Linhart, Associate, Goulston & Storrs

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David Linhart’s law practice focuses on developer financing and approvals in addition to other commercial real estate matters in the Real Estate group at Goulston & Storrs. Prior to joining the firm, David assisted in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts as part of the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness, where he initiated a statewide supportive housing inventory examining resident services funding. 1. Your career path has covered a lot of ground, from cancer research and leading a reggae band, to practicing law at Goulston & Storrs … Read More

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