ULI San Diego-Tijuana News

How San Diego’s Smart City Tech Is Reducing Traffic, Saving Energy


By Patricia Kirk February 27, 2017 San Diego is rolling out the largest city-based Internet of Things (IoT) network in the world, with deployment 3,200 smart sensors to upgrade the city’s infrastructure and enhance the quality of life for residents, announced San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer at a press conference. The city is partnering with GE and will deploy its digital engine for intelligent environments called “Current” and replace 14,000 streetlights with energy-efficient LED versions, reducing the cost for energy by 60 percent, light pollution and overall greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). … Read More

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The Revolution of Tijuana’s Avenida Revolución

The digs at One Bunk

WRITTEN BY JACKIE BRYANT Known to Tijuanenses as “La Revu,” Avenida Revolución is a thoroughfare with one of the most colorful histories in the world. It’s best known for its days of yore, when it served as a type of grown up Disneyland for border-skipping Americans looking to indulge in the more unsavory aspects of having fun. Tijuana is a young city; founded in 1889, it hit its stride in the 1920s when, not coincidentally, the United States was embroiled in a Prohibition experiment. Before Prohibition’s reversal, Tijuana was able … Read More

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Reversing the Decline in California’s Workforce Housing

By Patricia Kirk February 10, 2017 The housing affordability gap in San Diego is among the highest in California, with the average household shelling out 35 percent of their income for housing, and one-quarter of the population spending half of their income on rent. Recently, ULI San Diego/Tijuana brought together multifamily housing experts with local government and community leaders to discuss creative ways to increase workforce-housing stock. “Stagnant wage growth and rising housing prices have created ‘housing haves’ [homeowners] and ‘housing have-nots’ [renters],” said Jennifer LeSar, president and CEO of LeSar … Read More

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ULI San Diego-Tijuana Member Spotlight: Soheil Nakhshab Highlighted as Entrepreneur


ULI Entrepreneur Profiles are conversations with real estate development professionals who, in most cases, have recently made the leap into the industry whether as young individuals fresh out of school or as mid-career transitions. With a focus on small-scale developers often doing incremental and transformative work, these are quick and easy to read profiles to raise awareness of these professionals. By telling their stories, the Urban Land Institute hopes to inspire the next generation of small scale entrepreneurs to transform their own communities. To read more and to see ULI … Read More

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Be a part of the international Open House movement!


Be a part of the international Open House movement! Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26 Team up with other design enthusiasts and become a volunteer for the San Diego Architectural Foundation’s newest program, Open House San Diego. OH! San Diego gives San Diegans a brand new (and free) opportunity to learn and interact with our city through rare behind-the-scenes access to its most iconic buildings and sites. By volunteering on the day of the event, you will meet new people with similar interests, learn more about our city and … Read More

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A Recap from the Housing Symposium


On Wednesday, February 1st, 2017, over 175 real estate industry professionals, community organizers, and public officials attended our half-day housing symposium, “Overcoming Barriers with Creative Solutions: A New Perspective on Housing Affordability in San Diego.” The program opened with Jennifer LeSar, LeSar Development Consultants, setting the stage. She was then followed by Ethan Vaisman, CoStar, giving us the reality of our housing stock with the keynote presentation. We then progressed into the roundtable discussions. Here is what you missed! Leveraging Under-Utilized Land Setting the Stage Daniel Weisfield, Mckinsey & Company Panel Discussion Moderated … Read More

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Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2017 – The Recap


Playing for Advantage, Guarding the Flank   “Big assets, big cities, big capital, and big competition. The U.S. is more in favor than the rest of the world right now.”   As promised, HERE is the presentation from the January Breakfast Emerging Trends Program. The game of chess is not a game of chance, but requires mastery of a complex set of skills that are both art and science. A player needs to be alert, equally aware of the strengths and weaknesses of his own position and that of his opponent. … Read More

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Downtowns Matter


  By Edward T. McMahon Edward T. McMahon is the Chairman of the NMSC Board of Directors. He also holds the Charles Fraser Chair on Sustainable Development and is a Senior Resident Fellow at the Urban Land Institute in Washington, D.C., where he leads the organization’s worldwide efforts to conduct research and educational activities related to environmentally sensitive develop- ment policies and practices. He is also a senior staff adviser for ULI’s Building Healthy Places Initiative, and is a sought- after speaker and thinker on land use and economic development trends. McMahon is the … Read More

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Housing in the Evolving U.S. Suburbs


By Trisha Riggs December 5, 2016 U.S. suburban housing markets are well positioned to remain preferred places to live and work over the coming decades, even as many urban cores and downtown neighborhoods continue to attract new residents and businesses, says a new report from the ULI Terwilliger Center. Suburbs are not monolithic, according to the report, titled Housing in the Evolving American Suburb, which is based on a new analytic framework for classifying suburbs developed by RCLCO. The report classifies and compares suburbs in the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the … Read More

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Should San Diego students live on or off campus?

Move-in day at San Diego State University in August. (John Gibbins/San Diego Union-Tribune)

By: Phillip Molnar  Local universities continue to feel pressure to provide more student housing in a climate of rising rent and home prices, said school planners at an event Tuesday in downtown San Diego. But, there could be changes coming because of shifting preferences, opportunities for private builders and new demographics of college students, said experts at the Urban Land Institute talk. Mark Cunningham, an assistant vice chancellor for housing at UC San Diego, said there is much demand by students to live on campus — there’s a 2,500 person waiting list for graduate student housing — largely because they … Read More

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