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A Roadmap for Infrastructure Development – What we learned from the Merrimack Valley Recovery Effort

By Jed Ruccio   Last September, excessive pressure in natural gas lines owned by Columbia Gas caused a series of explosions in the Merrimack Valley. When this disaster struck, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency and tapped Joe Albanese, the CEO and founder of Commodore Builders, to lead the recovery effort. Albanese recently provided a briefing for Urban Land Institute members and shared his observations from this extraordinary effort, which had intertwined humanitarian and construction components. This article focuses on the latter. As Chief Recovery Officer, Albanese headed up a massive utility construction and restoration project. Even in the face of a true humanitarian crisis, the recovery team had to approach the task at hand by employing the same basic principles it would for any large-scale construction project. In this case, … Read More

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Job Opportunity – ULI Boston Associate

ULI Boston/New England, a District Council of ULI, has more than 1,400 members. It provides a unique setting by catering not just to one sector of the real estate business but to many – from architects to developers, CEOs to analysts and everyone in between.  Using this interdisciplinary approach, ULI examines land use issues, impartially reports findings and convenes forums to find solutions.   The Opportunity The Associate will assist with events and programs for ULI Boston/New England. The Associate works closely with the Executive Director and staff to maintain … Read More

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Pathways to Inclusion

The Pathways to Inclusion Initiative is wrapping up its first year and will soon be accepting applications for 2019/2020. The program is designed to broaden ULI membership and expand the professional networks of minority developers and land use professionals in New England. The Pathways to Inclusion program will provide up to 25 individuals of color a scholarship to the 2019 Fall Meeting to be held in Washington DC on September 18-21, 2019 in addition to a one-year ULI membership.  This program will also provide a suggested track of programming at the Fall … Read More

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ULI in Connecticut

Thank you to to the two dozen members who joined our recent lunch convening on April 10th at Upward Hartford. Below is a summary of the meeting and presentation. It was thrilling to see so much interest in continuing to bring this group together. Due to ULI Boston’s limited staff, ongoing work in Connecticut will rely on member leadership. Please contact Michelle Landers if you would like to participate on a steering committee to plan future meetings or programs for Connecticut members. A couple of ways for this group to … Read More

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Planning in the 21st Century: Why we’re still not doing it right

By Michael Grove Throughout my career as a landscape architect and planner, I’ve always been an optimist. The act of planning is, by nature, forward-looking. When putting pen to paper, you are laying out your hopes and dreams for the future—blending the reality of present-day needs with a vision for what might be. As designers, we think of ourselves as stewards, with the belief that human potential can solve anything. I hope it can. But if you’re planning for a utopian future without considering the mess we’ve gotten ourselves into, or if you’re an idealist without also being pragmatic, or if you’re sketching out your dreams … Read More

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ULI Perspectives – Laboratory Land Use Expanding Beyond Cambridge

By Matthew Pullen Greater Boston’s life science hub has outgrown its birthplace in Kendall Square/East Cambridge. Since 2013, the submarket has posted net absorption of more than 570,000 square feet per year. Today, it boasts a zero percent direct vacancy rate for Class A laboratory space and rental rates approaching $100 per square foot, triple net. That is driving laboratory tenants to search for space beyond this land-constrained center. Laboratory developers are rapidly emerging as some of the most active bidders on land sites throughout the region. The most attractive … Read More

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Member Spotlight: Amanda Chisholm, Director of Community Technical Assistance, MassDevelopment

Amanda Chisholm is the Director of Community Technical Assistance for MassDevelopment.  A former Chief Economic Development Planner for the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Chisholm earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and her Masters in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University.           MassDevelopment is a respected institution in the Commonwealth. What should the average ULI Boston member know about this agency?  MassDevelopment, the state’s economic development and finance agency, works with businesses, nonprofits, financial institutions, and communities to stimulate economic … Read More

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ULI Boston/New England Seeking Intern (part-time)

POSITION TITLE:  Intern (part-time), ULI Boston/New England LOCATION:  Boston, Massachusetts REPORTS TO: Director of Policy and Outreach  FLSA CLASSIFICATION: Non-exempt POSITION STATUS:  Part-time, 25 hours a week   The Urban Land Institute is a nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has more than 42,000 members worldwide representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines. More than 1,300 members represent the Boston/New England District Council. … Read More

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Postponed: YLG Monthly Planning Meeting and YLG Making Connections with Linda Dorcena Forry

Due to the winter storm on 2/12 ULI Boston will be postponing the Young Leaders Group Planning meeting (Scheduled for 6:00pm on 2/12) and the YLG Making Connections with Linda Dorcena Forry (Sheduled for 7:45 am on 2/13) Both events will be rescheduled. Please see the event calendar for details. for questions please email eliza.daeschler@uli.org

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Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) Impact Research Project – Request for Proposal

Who We Are The Urban Land Institute Boston/New England is a nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the institute has more than 40,000 members worldwide representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines. More than 1,300 members represent the Boston/New England District Council. Technical Assistance Panels ULI’s Technical Assistance Panels (TAP) provides objective, expert advice to municipal and community-based organizations on the feasibility, design, … Read More

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