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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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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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