Category Archives: Trends Conference

Federal Government Shrinks Space Requirements

By Leslie Braunstein April 27, 2012 Commercial real estate developers and owners in the national capital region and beyond have long counted on the Federal government’s need for leased and build-to-suit office space as a business mainstay. So have architects, construction firms, office equipment suppliers, and many others in the industry. But this reliable revenue stream is about to slow to a trickle, according to speakers at the ULI Washington Real Estate Trends conference on April 17. Speakers representing the Department of Defense (DoD), the General Services Administration (GSA), and … Read More

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Private Money for Public Spaces

By Leslie Braunstein April 26, 2012 In an era of shrinking government budgets, public/private partnerships are becoming an increasingly popular way—and often the only way—to improve, maintain, and operate successful public parks and spaces. Two examples of this model, one well-established and the other just getting off the ground, were presented at the ULI Washington Real Estate Trends conference in the nation’s capital on April 17. Bryant Park, located in the heart of midtown Manhattan adjacent to the New York Public Library, is the country’s largest privately funded and operated … Read More

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Former Governor Eliot Spitzer: Intellectual Capital Drives the Economy

By Leslie Braunstein April 25, 2012 Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer opened the ULI Washington Real Estate Trends conference on April 17 by defending the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank). Spitzer, a Democrat, criticized Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for characterizing Dodd-Frank as “an encroachment on freedom” and for calling for its repeal. How will Dodd-Frank impact U.S. real estate markets? Not much, according to Spitzer, because it is being “whittled away piece by piece.” Spitzer told the ULI audience, “TBTF (‘too big to fail‘) … Read More

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