Monthly Archives: February 2013

Article Highlights Need for Midlands Reality Check

Two rural areas, two views of Richland County’s future By DAWN HINSHAW; The State Residents of two of Richland County’s remaining rural areas are worried the county will allow the countryside they love to be devoured by uncontrolled growth. Those attending planning meetings this month in Lower Richland and, at the other end of the county, Spring Hill, expressed some of the same concerns but focused on different solutions. Residents in Lower Richland said they wanted close-by services, like a medical center, sidewalks and bike lanes, to make their communities more … Read More

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National experts to Columbia SC help with downtown improvements

By CLIF LeBLANC; The State COLUMBIA, SC — A national panel of experts in planning and executing development efforts is in Columbia to try to break through longstanding, competing interests in the city center that hold back well-intentioned studies that have gathered dust. Nine volunteers from as far away as California, Colorado and Washington, D.C., are joining two South Carolinians as part of an Urban Land Institute panel, said Fred Delk, director of one of Columbia’s development groups. The goal is to devise a plan that makes Columbia’s city center more … Read More

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“Urban Land Institute listens to citizen concerns about bike, pedestrian traffic”

View the video here: wistv.com – Columbia, South Carolina COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – Columbia city leaders are looking for ways to keep pedestrians safe. A group known to help improve urban areas listened to the community’s concerns on the issue before they make their recommendations. The eight member panel from the National Urban Land Use Institute listened as business leaders, city and community representatives, and regular citizens talked about their ideas to make the capital city a safer place for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. “I would not object to getting rid … Read More

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“Oakbrook redevelopment could hinge on ‘high end’ notion”

By Bo Peterson; Post and Courier SUMMERVILLE — An Ashley River riverwalk is Bob Jackson’s dream — a boardwalk stroll from trendy shopping nooks or dining to the marsh and woods, then across a footbridge into history at Colonial Dorchester. It would be a sort of suburban version of the famous Austin, Texas, tourist attraction. It would be the thing that finally gives the Oakbrook community its curio, its identity. The booming suburb south of Summerville was conceived a half century ago as an upscale planned development. Its strip mall … Read More

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“Authenticity crucial for development, land expert says”

By: Leslie Cantu; Salisbury Post Communities will get the quality of development they demand, said a smart growth and historic preservation expert Wednesday. Ed McMahon, the Charles E. Fraser Chair on Sustainable Development at the Urban Land Institute, gave a presentation at Town Hall that encouraged planners and town officials to encourage development that fits into the character of Summerville, rather than generic development that could be found anywhere in America. Not only does such development look better, but it helps tourism and economic development by improving the visitor’s overall experience, … Read More

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Developers talk future initiatives, legacy of Charles Fraser at Urban Land Institute conference

By Chris Kardish; Bluffton Today Leaders in real estate development descended on Hilton Head Island Thursday to discuss the legacy of Sea Pines Plantation creator Charles Fraser and the future of land use for the South Carolina Urban Land Institute’s annual statewide meeting at the Westin Resort. The first of a two-day event attended by more than 200 members of the Institute featured panels of the Fraser lieutenants who helped launch the influential golf community, industry leaders and a former ambassador to the United Kingdom who credited Fraser with his … Read More

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Urban Land Institute state conference closes with impact of Millenials on housing market

By CHRIS KARDISH The future of real estate development hinges on the lifestyle of a generation for which staying in the nest until age 30 isn’t unheard of, said the Urban Land Institute’s senior fellow during a speech at day two of the land-use organization’s annual statewide meeting on Hilton Head Island on Friday. “30 is the new 20,” said Maureen McAvey, ULI’s senior fellow for retail, of Generation Y. “They are marrying late, they are having children late, and they are financially independent late.” Her remarks on future demographics … Read More

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Sponsor Spotlight: The Boudreaux Group’s Ownership Transition

           The Boudreaux Group, one of South Carolina’s most distinguished architecture, interior design and planning firms, has completed its ownership transition from founder John Boudreaux to Heather Mitchell and Randy Huth. Boudreaux, who founded the firm 37 years ago, retired at the end of 2012. “When I founded the firm in South Carolina, I had one question: Can you build a successful business based on decidedly Christian ethics and do work that glorifies God?” Boudreaux said. “After all these years, I can say the answer is … Read More

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Fading Differentiation Between City and Suburb by Richard Florida

A “Great Reset” — the structural change following crisis — is underway. And there are some indicators of how metropolitan areas are evolving through a time of historic upheaval, ULI Senior Visiting Fellow Richard Florida writes in Urban Land magazine.

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Housing Opportunity 2013: Terwilliger Center for Housing Annual Conference

Join the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing in Seattle, Washington, for our annual housing conference! The conference—scheduled for March 20−22, 2013—will bring together housing professionals from across the country to discuss current challenges and opportunities for supporting a full spectrum of housing choices in cities and suburbs increasingly challenged by the new economy. Meet a diverse group of practitioners, including private and nonprofit real estate developers, public officials, urban and regional planners, housing advocates, smart growth and sustainability experts, architects, investors and lenders, real estate agents, and many others. Housing Opportunity … Read More

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