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Opinion: When New Growth Is Really a 'Giant Ponzi Scheme'

Development that depends on subsidies is not fostering true growth and instead is a financial house of cards.

December 27, 2019 - Marketwatch

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Building for Resilience Makes (Good Business) Sense

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) is showing developers how resilience can benefit the bottom line in the "Returns on Resilience" report. Sarene Marshall, director of the ULI Center for Sustainability, offers insight into the report's examples.

November 16, 2015 - Sarene Marshall

Key Questions Remain for New York City's Affordable Housing Plan

Although Mayor Bill de Blasio's recent announcements provided some important details about his administration's affordable housing agenda, there are a few questions still left to be answered that will determine the success of the plan.

May 12, 2014 - Crain's Business New York

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Are Skyscrapers Profitable?

Yes and no, says Peter Bill. As a look at London's delightfully nicknamed towers - the Shard, the Walkie-Talkie, the Cheesegrater - shows, it may take years, and multiple economic cycles for skyscrapers to recoup their investment.

June 13, 2013 - London Evening Standard

To Stretch Strained Municipal Budgets, Build Smart

Utilizing 17 case studies, a new report from Smart Growth America examines the costs and benefits of competing development strategies. Any way you slice it, smart growth strategies are more financially prudent than building sprawl.

May 22, 2013 - DC.Streetsblog

Walkable Infill Proves Its Worth

A study of three different development types in Nashville shows that mixed-use infill projects deliver an exponentially greater return on investment than traditional suburban, or even New Urbanist-style, greenfield development.

May 9, 2013 - DC.Streetsblog

Economic Development and Planning: It's a Match!

Mitchell Silver, Raleigh City Planner and President of the APA, is on a mission to get planners to realize the importance of return on investment (ROI) in their projects. Raleigh is providing the testing ground for his arguments.

February 14, 2013 - Raleigh Public Record

Finding Returns in Lean Times

Connecting existing assets and social networks with very little additional monetary investment can generate returns in lean times, writes Hazel Borys.

June 15, 2012 - PlaceShakers

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