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RFQ – Vista Avenue Healthy Corridor Project Creative PlaceMaking Project

Introduction: The Urban Land Institute of Idaho (ULI) is seeking qualifications from interested individuals in developing a creative placemaking project for Vista Avenue sidewalks. Scope of work:The endeavor could be a permanent or temporary public art installation, cultural event, way-finding, sign(s), performance art, or any other endeavor the animates the sidewalks through engagement of the immediate neighborhood, and furthers the objectives of the ULI Healthy Corridor Project. Equally important to the project is the engagement of community in the development of the creative product. The selected contractor will work with … Read More

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Global CEO Patrick Phillips on ULI’s Leadership in Urban Resilience

Written by Patrick Phillips ULI Global CEO: The devastation caused by the recent natural disasters in the Americas is a timely reminder of the connection between land use and urban resilience. With so much about the built environment now under scrutiny — in terms of what’s built, and how and where it’s being built — the Urban Land Institute’s work has never been more necessary or relevant. Drawing upon our 80-year track record of leadership in urban design and development, we will continue to help communities become more resilient, livable … Read More

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Defining Housing Affordability

Source: HUD User (Reposted with Permission from HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R), ) Housing programs in the United States have long measured housing affordability in terms of percentage of income. In the 1940s, the maximum affordable rent for federally subsidized housing was set at 20 percent of income, which rose to 25 percent of income in 1969 and 30 percent of income in 1981. Over time, the 30 percent threshold also became the standard for owner-occupied housing, and it remains the indicator of affordability for housing in the … Read More

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Proposed ‘UN Urban’ would coordinate global approach to urbanization

The following article appeared in citiscope on August 17, 2017 and is written by Gregory Scruggs. “A global panel of experts has recommended the creation of a first-ever international body focused on urban sustainability. The panel was formed at the behest of U. N. Secretary-General António Guterres, who subsequently indicated his support for the creation of such an entity, being referred to as “UN Urban”. read more  

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Idaho companies are starting to climb aboard the sustainability bandwagon

By: Anne Wallace Allen, Idaho Business Review. As a corporate sustainability professional, John Bernardo walks a tightrope. Bernardo, an executive in residence at Boise State University’s College of Business and a sustainability strategist at Idaho Power, can’t identify himself with environmentalists in a state and industry where that group is viewed at best with suspicion. Yet he’s charged with saving money and energy at the state’s public/private utility, a place with a gigantic impact on Idaho’s carbon footprint and its future energy use. So Bernardo, like his counterparts elsewhere in … Read More

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Meridian is booming

  Treasure Valley city, Meridian is booming. The following article explores the impact on housing, transportation and schools. As quoted in the article, Meridian was the 13th fastest growing city in the US in 2016. Article was posted in The Idaho Statesman on August 17, 2017. Written by Dana Oland and Audrey Dutton.

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Multifamily housing: More choices lead to stronger communities

Written by Scot Oliver, executive director of Idaho Smart Growth, a statewide nonprofit organization based in Boise. Published in the Idaho Business Review June 5, 2017. A bumper sticker from the ‘70s reads, “Houses: everybody gets one before anybody gets two.” Many people are lucky enough to take housing for granted, even two or three of them. But as communities grow and become more desirable, the shortage of land available for housing drives up costs and drives more people out of the market. This can have widespread negative consequences on … Read More

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Downtown Matters

Travel teaches you many things, not the least of which is that downtowns matter. Downtowns are the heart and soul of our communities. They are also an indicator of larger social and economic trends. For many years, the decline of America’s downtowns was an indicator of a larger trend of people and jobs leaving cities for our far flung suburbs. Now, our downtowns are coming back to life and they are a harbinger of larger social, economic, demographic and technological trends. Read the new report by ULI senior Fellow Ed … Read More

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Evolving U.S. Suburbs Continue to Shape Residential Demand and Development

Suburban housing markets across the United States are evolving rapidly and overall remain well positioned to maintain their relevance for the foreseeable future as preferred places to live and work, even as many urban cores and downtown neighborhoods continue to attract new residents and businesses, according to a new publication from ULI. The report, Housing in the Evolving American Suburb, describes different kinds of suburbs based on the key factors that define and determine their housing markets. The report classifies and compares suburbs in the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States—shown … Read More

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Building Healthy Corridors: Strategies for Transforming Urban and Suburban Arterials into Thriving Places

ULI Idaho’s own Bob Taunton will be a featured speaker at this webinar on January 11th. Free to all ULI members. For more information: Building Healthy Corridors: Strategies for Transforming Urban and Suburban Arterials into Thriving Places

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