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Michael Leccese’s Letter from Detroit

More than 4,000 ULI members (including 156 from Colorado) poured into Motown to experience a city whose revival seems in full swing—but still with a daunting way to go. Much of the credit seems to go to the city’s tag-team billionaires, Dan Gilbert of Quicken Loans and Chris Ilitch of Little Caesars pizza. The two have invested or engineered $8 billion worth of revitalization, as they discussed before a packed opening session on Wednesday, May 2. Gilbert (net worth said to be $6.5 billion) has taken on Detroit’s once-deserted downtown … Read More

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ULI Colorado Raises Design Bar at 3rd DAM forum

On April 25, ULI Colorado held its third Design Forum since 2015 raising the question: has the design and construction of our buildings and public spaces gotten better or worse? As the public increasingly objects to the design and development work ULI members do, the question has become much more than academic. And what can be done to raise the bar? A sold-out crowd at Denver Art Museum’s 275-seat Sharp Auditorium heard a panel featuring two out of town speakers and local leaders address these issues in a lively (and … Read More

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Farewell from Charles Allison-Godfrey

Dear Friends and Colleagues, I’m writing with the bittersweet news that my final day with ULI Colorado will be Tuesday, April 10.  I’ll be starting at Denver University’s Sturm College of Law at the beginning of August, and will take a few months to spend time with family, travel, and prepare for my next step. I plan to stay involved with land use throughout my education and afterwards, and hope to study different sectors of land use law before identifying a concentration.  When I began working for the amazing team … Read More

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Raising the Bar: Chris Waggett, moderator, interviewed on Design

We’re getting more and more excited for our program, Raising the Bar for Colorado Design and Development, taking place on Wednesday, April 25, from 3-7pm at the Denver Art Museum and The Art Hotel. In anticipation of the event, our moderator Chris Waggett sat down for a short conversation regarding his views on design with ULI Young Leader and Partnership Forum participant, Nate Baumgart. Listen to the interview here Chris Waggett will be moderating our 4/25 program, taking place at the Denver Art Museum, He has ~33 years’ experience working … Read More

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Welcome Jack Tiebout, Senior Associate!

Please welcome Jack Tiebout, ULI Colorado’s newest staff member! Jack joins ULI Colorado as a Senior Associate,  responsible for planning and managing ULI Colorado events as well as communicating with Colorado’s leaders in responsible land use. Jack brings an array of experiences to ULI. Upon graduating from Tulane University in 2012 with a double major in English and Psychology, Jack founded Faubourg Farms, an urban farming business that used straw bale gardens to give New Orleanians with poor soil quality the opportunity to grow their own vegetables. Jack’s farm was a tenant partner at The ReFresh Project, … Read More

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Blue Dot Place featured in ULI Case Study

Blue Dot Place, Impact Award finalist, featured in Urban Land Institute Case Study Blue Dot Place, the first multi-unit residential building constructed in downtown Colorado Springs since 1960, was recently featured in a ULI case study on Active Transportation, exploring the interconnections among walking, bicycling, and real estate development. The Active Transportation project is being undertaken as part of the Building Healthy Places Initiative, which develops resources that are widely distributed among ULI member and partner networks. Read the case study here: https://americas.uli.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/125/ULI-Documents/Blue-Dot-Place.pdf

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Call for Applications: BHP Workshops

For Immediate Release: Apply today! Expert help available, free, to help your community build active, healthy lifestyles Deadline to apply: Monday, April 23rd, 2018 ULI Colorado’s Building Healthy Places Workshops: Two opportunities Available in 2018 Learn more here The Urban Land Institute (ULI) is a research and education nonprofit whose 40,000 members include leading architects, developers, and planners. ULI’s mission is to provide leadership in responsible land use to create and sustain thriving communities. In partnership with the Colorado Health Foundation, ULI has become a leader to foster healthy and … Read More

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Recap: Leadership Connection with Roxane White

By Lindsey Delecki, 9th + Colorado Development Manager, Continuum Partners; Co-chair, Leadership Connections Subcommittee, ULI Colorado Roxanne White, Innovator in Residence at The Aspen Institute, shared the story of her “amazing, fabulous, accidental career” with a captivated audience at ULI’s Leadership Connection event on February 26th. From rural Montana, Roxanne studied religion in college and became a minister. Rather than taking the traditional path within a church, she detoured to San Francisco’s most notorious neighborhoods and worked with homeless youth as a social worker.  Eventually settling in Denver with her … Read More

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Are boom times leaving quality design behind?

By Michael Leccese, Executive Director, ULI Colorado. This article initially appeared in the Colorado Real Estate Journal February 19, 2018. Three years ago, Denver architect Jeff Sheppard dropped a bomb on our civic ego in a Denver Post op-ed titled, “Denver is a great city, so why the bad buildings?” He noted that while the city is “infilling” at a record pace and hitting cultural and economic high-water marks, we may not be getting the quality building design and construction that reflect our aspirations to be a first-tier city and region. … Read More

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Southmoor Advisory Panel Impacts Station Area Development

This article originally appeared in Denverite, from Andrew Kenney ULI’s Technical Advisory Panel Report on the Southmoor Station area recently garnered some attention as the city plans a Visioning Workshop for February 20, from 6-7:30pm at Thomas Jefferson High School, 3950 S Holly St, Denver, CO 80237. In face of fierce neighborhood opposition over past decades, development has stagnated and the station area has floundered, remaining a car-centric shopping area and resisting transition to a Transit Oriented Development. From Denverite: “But experts convened by the nonprofit ULI argued that the … Read More

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