Why Commercial Real Estate Investors Are Looking to Resilience Rather than Yields

Over the next few decades, commercial real estate developers could be just as likely to base investment decisions on rising sea levels as on rising interest rates. As urbanization, climate change and social unrest exert increasing pressures on cities, traditional metrics for measuring investment risk cannot hope to capture the whole story. Instead, investors are turning their attention to resilience to guide capital allocation. Read more... Read more

Six Trends Driving Changes in U.S. Retail

​ According to the Washington, D.C.–based National Retail Federation, 19 percent of holiday retail spending in 2016 was in nonstore sales—a robust 12.6 percent increase over the year before. This, in turn, affects commercial real estate. For example, some household names announced store closures in recent months, while other sectors of the retail world have survived, thrived, and even expanded. So what does this all mean for commercial real estate, and how can you effectively plan for future retail development?... Read more

Detroit’s El Moore Building Gets An Eco-Friendly Rehab

​ The El Moore was built in 1898 as eight luxury apartments—unusual for a neighborhood then dominated by large single-family houses. After falling into disrepair, local preservationists wanted to create a place that would contribute to the community. So they came up with the idea of a combination of apartments and hotel rooms. The dual setup creates an interactive community experience, where visitors could meet residents and spend time in a Detroit neighborhood. Read more... Read more

Secrets of Successful Communities

​Ed McMahon, chairman of the National Main Street Center board, discusses the common characteristics of successful communities. Communities with visions are going to be more successful than communities without a plan, he said, noting the importance of having a vision for the future that is aligned with the community’s assets. Read more... Read more

Seattle’s Epic Saga Over an Unfinished Trail May Finally Be Over

​The Burke Gilman Trail is a 19-mile former rail line turned multi-use trail that runs west to east from the shore of Puget Sound all the way to the top of Lake Washington in Kenmore, a Seattle suburb. It is the most heavily trafficked trail in the city, popular with commuters and sport cyclists and runners and dog walkers and everyone in between. It’s taken nearly two decades of planning, environmental impact review, lawsuits, appeals, protests, political deal making and... Read more
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