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Transforming Inner-Ring Suburbs with Walkable Mixed-Use Development

This article initially appeared in Urban Land By Kathleen McCormick Most of the United States remains a suburban nation, despite recent migration of jobs and population to the urban core. Yet the suburbs are also changing in cities such as Denver, where new transit lines and placemaking efforts around walkable mixed-use neighborhoods are creating communities more similar to the urban core, said panelists speaking at a ULI Colorado event in Lakewood, Colorado. The suburbs have been “a critical focus for ULI since our founding,” but have suffered from a lack … Read More

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New ULI Colorado report tackles gentrification and involuntary displacement

With Denver Metro housing costs soaring, concerns about displacement and its discontents have also surged. In March, ULI Colorado convened 100 Denver-area leaders to discuss viable solutions. ULI is proud to release Six Principles for Equitable Revitalization, by Denver writer David Sachs, summarizing ideas put forth by the real estate developers, public officials, and community activists who attended the ULI Colorado forum, “The Search for Equity in Neighborhood Revitalization.” The March 2017 forum was keynoted by Egbert Perry of Integral, one of the nation’s leading developers of mixed-income housing, and … Read More

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DURA Director Tracy Huggins named to lead ULI Colorado into 2019

Tracy Huggins, the executive director of the Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA), became the new chair of Urban Land Institute (ULI) Colorado on July 1. Huggins was named vice chair in 2015 and will serve as chair of a 25-member executive committee until June 30, 2019.                 Huggins directs the agency’s involvement in redevelopment with combined DURA financing of close to $643 million, leveraging $7 billion in private investment. Huggins also manages DURA’s housing rehabilitation programs, which the authority administers for the city’s Office of Economic Development. Since joining DURA … Read More

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Development 360 Applications Due June 30!

Development 360 is a mentoring program for ULI Young Leaders, to educate them about the development process. Accepted applicants will attend 6 planned sessions over the course of 3 months. They will learn about the development of a specific project or case study through planned curriculum and guest speakers, facilitated and taught by the project’s developer. This program is a more rigorous version 2.0 of ULI Colorado’s longstanding and successful Partnership Forum. Participants must have completed one year of the Partnership Forum to participate. Key Dates: Friday, June 30 – … Read More

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Impact Awards 2017 Recap

WHAT A NIGHT! Crossroads Commerce Park, INDUSTRY, Red Tail Ponds Permanent Supportive Housing, and W Line/40 West Creative District take top project awards; Harry Frampton of East West is Legacy Winner for Lifetime Achievement; Sarah Snider Komppa of Tryba Architects named Rising Star; Special honor for Tom Clark of Metro Denver EDC More than 400 leaders in land use attended ULI Colorado’s third Impact Awards program on Thursday, April 6 at Mile High Stadium. INNOVATION: An anchor on Brighton Boulevard, the mixed-use co-working space INDUSTRY won.  Other finalists: Emily Griffith Downtown … Read More

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Apply by January 27th for 2017 Impact Awards.

Impact Awards ULI Colorado’s Impact Awards are based on the ULI Awards for Excellence, the most highly respected international program of land use awards.  As with the ULI awards for excellence, ULI Colorado will recognize projects that realize ULI best practices while also providing successful business and economic models. The 2017 Impact Awards will be held on April 6, 2017 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium and will feature project and personal awards in 6 different categories. See the application for review and the application submittal requirements here. … Read More

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Holiday Celebrations and What Is Next for Hotels in Denver

View photos from the event on our Facebook Page View the slide deck from the event on our website By Jenni Lantz (LinkedIn) On Wednesday, December 7, ULI Colorado hosted its annual holiday party at the EXDO Event Center in the RiNo (River North Art District) neighborhood of Denver. The party included an educational component presented by the Explorer Series Committee. This year, attendees looked into the hospitality industry with two panels: one on trends (national and local) and the other on local case studies. After a welcome from Michael … Read More

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Capitalizing on the Opportunity for TOD in Growing Cities

By Kathleen McCormick As the Denver metropolitan area has topped 3 million residents, potentially accelerating toward 4 million, a sustainable land use template for future mobility and economic, social, and environmental health is emerging within the framework of the 122-mile (196 km), 57-station FasTracks rail and bus rapid transit network, which includes expansion with five new transit lines this year. ULI Colorado’s TOD Marketplace event, held in Denver in early November, attracted participants from Colorado and beyond to tour various transit-oriented development (TOD) sites and hear about both lessons learned and … Read More

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New Housing Report

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ULI Colorado’s new White Paper, “Overcoming Barriers to Affordable Housing in Colorado,” is now available. Read More

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Stock Show Recap: Colorado as ‘Silicon Valley of Agriculture’?

By Jenni Lantz, Consultant, John Burns Consulting On Thursday, August 18, ULI Colorado presented “Taking Stock of the Stock Show,” which explored the overhaul of the National Western Center and the surrounding area of Denver’s Globeville neighborhood. This Young Leaders Group Discovery Series attracted a capacity crowd of 155 to an event including a panel of speakers, bus tours, and a networking social at the cowboy-themed National Western Club. In 2015, 65 percent of Denver voters passed 2C, a measure that extends a tourism tax to fund the National Western … Read More

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