Monthly Archives: March 2018

Building for the Middle: How Smarter Land Use Policies Can Strengthen Local Housing Markets

With housing affordability topping the list of both national and local challenges, San Diego’s top industry leaders and real estate professionals gathered on March 13 for a sold-out presentation by the Urban Land Institute San Diego-Tijuana to discuss best practices from across the country which address the need for additional housing. The program, as part of the organization’s monthly breakfast series, featured a keynote discussion on smarter land use policies and the ability to strengthen local housing markets, as presented by ULI’s Executive Vice President for Content and Executive Director … Read More

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Adapting to the Changing Expectations of Modern Hotel Users

To meet the evolving expectations of today’s travelers, new hotels are being infused with active, social spaces that encourage interaction between guests, offer unique experiences with local flavor, and provide healthy lifestyle amenities, said experts speaking at a ULI San Diego/Tijuana event. This placemaking approach to planning, designing, and managing public or shared spaces in hotels is people-centric and capitalizes on local assets, resources, and potential to strengthen community and promote health, well-being, and happiness, explained panelist Ellie Combs, an associate in the Gensler San Diego office who is design … Read More

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Costs, Resistance to Denser Development Holding Markets Like San Diego Back

In many ways, San Diego illustrates the challenges facing many attractive U.S. cities, including the demand for affordable housing, struggling retail, and the need for more senior housing. At the top of the list is a strong community wariness of any new development, which has made it difficult to build meaningful mixed-use projects, said speakers during a January panel discussion organized by ULI San Diego–Tijuana. “Density” is still a landmine for local politicians, said Gary London, partner of London Moeder Advisors. “It’s not that developers are overlooking [mixed use], it’s … Read More

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