Category Archives: Building Healthy Places

Building Reuse Implementation Memorandum Released

ULI Chicago has released the Building Reuse Implementation Memorandum to provide a roadmap for translating ideas and recommendations presented in the building reuse report into actions. Developed under the leadership of building reuse taskforces with insights from industry stakeholders, the memorandum outlines policy and code changes and outreach and education efforts that can help overcome common, but significant barriers to reusing older buildings in Chicago’s neighborhoods. Streamlining the approval process for reuse projects and incremental code changes, such as reducing the number of required off-street parking spaces and raising thresholds for new … Read More

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How Craft Breweries are Driving Development

Last week ULI Chicago members gathered at The Plant, a former meatpacking facility in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood, to experience first-hand how craft brewers are thriving in long-term disinvested neighborhoods and helping drive their revitalization. The Plant formed the perfect backdrop for this conversation – after sitting vacant for years and being marketed as a “strip and rip” building, i.e. a building likely best suited for stripping out any valuable building materials before being torn down, The Plant has been transformed into an incubator for food businesses focused … Read More

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Building a Local Food Economy: Opportunities and Challenges

ULI Chicago members gathered to hear from four panelists who are working to advance the region’s access to a local, sustainable food supply. Moderated by Joanna Trotter, The Chicago Community Trust, the speakers Michael Davidson, The Chicago Community Trust, Anupy Singla, Indian as Apple Pie, Natalie Shmulik, The Hatchery, and Rich Wallach, IFF engaged ULI members in a discussion of the different challenges and opportunities present in our region’s food industry. Consumers’ demand for locally sourced food continues to increase, and the upper Midwest offers some of the world’s best … Read More

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What Does Community-Focused Economic Development Look Like?

On April 13 2017, forty ULI Chicago members headed to the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago to take a behind-the-scenes look at Englewood Square, a new retail development that is trying to do just that. Located at 63rd and Halsted, Englewood Square has brought back retail to the once bustling 63rd Street shopping corridor, known in its heyday to be the busiest neighborhood shopping district in the City. Besides an 18,000 SF Whole Foods Market, Englewood Square hosts Starbucks, Chipotle and 22,000 SF of additional retail/service tenants including Oak Street Health, … Read More

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Discussing Housing Sub-markets in the Chicago Region

Housing markets are defined by a combination of many different socio-economic and physical factors that often transcend jurisdictional boundaries. To identify areas with similar housing characteristics across the seven-county region, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) have partnered with the Institute for Housing Studies (IHS) to develop a housing model based on factors such as age and quality of housing stock, and education and income levels of residents. The purpose of the housing model is to reveal patterns of similarities as … Read More

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Vision Awards Spotlight: Indian Boundary Park Nature Play Center – A New Take on an Old Classic

Opened in 1922, Indian Boundary, is a 13-acre, urban park on Chicago’s northwest side named for an actual boundary line between the US government and three Indian tribes.  The park includes a fieldhouse which is now on the National Register of Historic Places incorporating Native American and Tudor design elements.  For most City dwellers, Indian Boundary is fondly remembered for its small zoo, a rarity among neighborhood parks, and a quirky addition.  The zoo was closed in 2013 with the few remaining animals transferred to the Lincoln Park Zoo, a … Read More

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New ULI Report Says Density Should be a Priority

Embracing “good” density should be a priority for cities, according to Density: Drivers, Dividends and Debates, a new report published by ULI. The report makes the case for investing in density and offers an agenda for advocacy, demonstration, and public education on density issues. The publication is the first piece of work in ULI’s new density initiative, which seeks to increase knowledge of density in the real estate industry and beyond; address the potential social, economic, and environmental benefits of investing in density; and devise strategies to make density a priority … Read More

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America in 2015 – ULI takes the pulse of the country

America in 2015 is a national survey of Americans’ preferences and priorities regarding their communities, housing, and transportation, as well as their priorities for and barriers around healthy communities and lifestyles. ULI conducted the survey to illuminate a core question for every American: what do we want in our communities? The survey describes a nation where generally high levels of overall satisfaction partially mask differences in preferences and perceptions depending on demographic cohort, economic standing, community characteristics, and racial/ethnic background. This second edition of the survey was conducted by ULI’s Building Healthy Places Initiative … Read More

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Building Healthy Places Toolkit Enhances Health Outcomes in Real Estate Developments

The ULI  Building Healthy Places Initiative is leveraging the power of ULI’s global networks to shape projects and places in ways that improve the health of people and communities.   The Initiative has recently released the highly anticipated  Building Healthy Places Toolkit: Strategies for Enhancing Health in the Built Environment. The toolkit provides 21 evidence-based recommendations, each with a set of action-oriented strategies, across three categories: physical activity, healthy food and drinking water, and healthy environment and social well-being.  At the heart of the report lies a rigorous review of existing health literature. The recommendations … Read More

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Chicago Named to 100 Resilient Cities

Chicago is one of the 35 newest cities to join 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.  Cities in the 100RC network are provided with the resources necessary to develop a roadmap to resilience.  100RC aims not only to help individual cities become more resilient, but is facilitating the building of a global practice of resilience among governments, NGOs, the private sector, and individual … Read More

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