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Street Smarts 2019

I hope that 2019 is off to a great start. This newsletter is one of several steps we are taking to improve communications and keep information flowing between and within the ULI community and ULI leadership. We will all benefit from a more open, consistent exchange of knowledge and information. We welcome ideas, contributions and feedback to continue to improve your ULI experience. In the recent State of the City address, Mayor Faulconer pledged the city’s commitment to continue to tackle the region’s housing crisis with streamlined approvals, density bonuses, … Read More

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Millennials Now Pushing a Wider Group of Cities Toward Transit-Based Transformation

This article was originally published on CoStar.com on January 15, 2019 by Lou Hirsh Lifestyle Priorities Change Urban, Suburban Centers They may not yet be cities that never sleep but San Diego and other metropolises across the country are building centers around train and bus lines in an effort to transform central business districts from after-work ghost towns into magnets for millennials. Developers and planners are seeking to create areas where people can spend at least 18 hours a day at home, work and in stores, restaurants and venues in … Read More

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Study sees two countries, many opportunities around San Ysidro Port of Entry

Written by Sandra Dibble from The San Diego Union-Tribune For most pedestrian border-crossers, the complex urban landscape that spans the busy San Ysidro Port of Entry is a place to rush through on the way to other destinations. A new study by the Urban Land Institute San Diego-Tijuana wants to offer some reasons to linger. Among its visions: a cross-border park, a welcome center, a museum of Mexican-American history, a higher education center, monumental artworks, a beer garden, improved signage, more sidewalks. The study, known as a Technical Assistance Report, was … Read More

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StreetSmarts: Monthly Newsletter for November 2018

This is the first edition of ULI San Diego – Tijuana’s monthly newsletter, StreetSmarts. We know you are bombarded with information from every angle. StreetSmarts is intentionally designed to provide the local ULI community with snippets of information about the projects, policies, and people that make our region thrive. Click here for the November newsletter.

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Medical Tourism and Retail Driving Live/Work Development across the San Diego–Tijuana Border

Medical tourism and binational retail centers are among the myriad opportunities presented by property surrounding the San Diego–Tijuana border crossing, said members of a panel discussion organized by ULI San Diego–Tijuana in October. But the San Ysidro crossing—the busiest border crossing in the world—remains a daunting, congested funnel for binational business, panelists said.  “The problem of crossing the border has to be addressed,” said Gary London, senior principal of London Moeder Advisors, a San Diego–based consultancy. Panel members participated in a recent technical assistance panel (TAP), organized by ULI San … Read More

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San Diego Seeks Share of Tijuana’s Development Boom

Border Region Planners Search for Benefits From Mexico’s Spike in Medical-Related Projects By CoStar News San Diego leaders are seeking ways to capitalize on a development boom in Tijuana, Mexico, that’s brought a wave of visitors looking for cheap medical care as well as fine dining, entertainment, and other cultural amenities, but that has yet to ripple north of the border. Spurred in part by Americans’ quest for affordable health care, construction of medical offices and related residential and hotel projects is thriving in Mexico’s northern Baja region, which includes … Read More

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Tijuana, San Ysidro projects transforming border

Click here to download this article as a PDF. By Thor Kamban Biberman Whether for medical tourism, affordable housing, or a retail experience, Tijuana is continually being transformed, and at least one binational proposal could constitute the greatest transformation yet. The future of the binational region was the topic of a ULI San Diego-Tijuana chapter forum at the University Club Tuesday. “This the only binational ULI council in the world,” said Diego Velasco, a principal with the M.W. Steele Group design firm who moderated the program. Velasco said those coming … Read More

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Open Office Spaces Must Evolve to Compete in a WeWork World, Experts Say

The long-hailed concept of “open” office plans is getting pushback amid complaints about a lack of privacy and unwanted workplace interruptions, prompting developers and designers to scramble to figure out how to provide the latest corporate perk: Alone time. Read more here.

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RECAP: Culture Quotient Low? Expect High Turnover

If you can’t define your company’s culture or it has a bad one, employees are likely to head for the door, said panelists at ULI San Diego’s monthly breakfast event Tuesday, “The Culture Driven Workplace: Driving Employee Satisfaction, Profit, and Innovation.” Read more here.

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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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