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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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5 Questions with Phil Colleran, Principal, CRJA-IBI Group

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Phil Colleran is a principal at CRJA-IBI Group, a landscape architectural design and environmental planning firm in Boston. Since joining the firm in 1995, Phil has directed a range of urban developments in the U.S. and abroad, including the Masdar Institute of Technology, Shams Abu Dhabi, and the American University in Cairo. He has significant experience with complex planning/design projects and large teams in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, with a focus on addressing environmental and civic concerns. His current work centers on the design of forward thinking public … Read More

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Leadership Lookout with Alexandra Phillips

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Alexandra Phillips, Project Manager – Stantec Real Estate Services Group When I graduated college, I had a degree that provided me with a hard skill, Spanish, but not a career. I landed a job at CoStar in Washington, DC, knowing I had an interest in architecture and city building, but not knowing very much about real estate. CoStar provided me with an excellent foundational knowledge of real estate, but it was getting involved in ULI that piqued my interest in urban planning and real estate development. I dove into ULI Washington’s … 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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TAPs: Put Your Skills to the Test

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Limited budgets, lack of sufficient financing, and shifting administrative priorities are all familiar constraints that communities have learned to work with in an effort to improve the built environment. As you can imagine, we see many similar issues from community to community. Discussions around parking management, outdated and prohibitive zoning, market leakage, and limited housing options all come up time and again, from the neighborhoods in the urban core to semi-rural towns. Technical Assistance Panels (TAPs) are a unique service offered by the ULI Boston/New England District Council to communities … Read More

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Voices from UrbanPlan Public Leadership Institute

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By Judith Garcia, Chelsea City Council and UPPLI Participant Chelsea’s history is filled with great successes and some disappointing failures. At one time, the city was a leading manufacturer of wooden sailing vessels. Its factories created shoes, stoves, and precision timepieces. The Chelsea Clock Company is one of America’s oldest and finest. The city has also been the site of devastating fires, poverty, and corruption. Following its economic collapse in 1990, Chelsea was placed in receivership. From that point, and the low point of corruption that preceded it, Chelsea created … Read More

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Sponsor Spotlight with Nutter: New Year, New Tax Laws?

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      New Year, New Tax Laws? Tax Reform Proposals Under Trump and the House “Blueprint” On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump took office as the 45th U.S. President, and he has announced tax reform as a top legislative item on his 100-day action plan. Given the strong support for tax reform among congressional Republicans, we expect the year to bring continued calls for significant changes to the tax code. Specific legislative language has not yet been proposed and, while there are some policy differences between the House’s “Tax … Read More

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Leadership Lookout with Kevin Joyce

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Kevin Joyce, Partner, Brown Rudnick and Sponsorship Committee Chair As a member of ULI Boston’s Advisory Board and Chair of the Sponsorship Committee, I want to share with you the reasons why I support the District Council through annual sponsorship every year. I’ve been a member of ULI for several years and have always considered membership a vital part of enhancing and extending my business network. I have made many connections through ULI’s diverse membership, which includes every sector and discipline in real estate, from attorneys, developers, designers on the … Read More

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5 Questions with Ben Sayles, Director, HFF

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Ben Sayles is a Director in the Boston office of HFF with more than 15 years of experience in commercial real estate. He is primarily responsible for investment sales transactions focusing on office, multi-housing and retail properties. Ben Co-chairs the Boston Market Council and Program Oversight Committee for ULI Boston/New England.       How would you describe your role at HFF? HFF is a capital markets intermediary – meaning, we don’t have leasing, property management or investment advisory services that could be perceived as a conflict of interest by … Read More

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