In Praise Of the Urban Land Institute

I receive zero compensation for sick days and vacation, I pay for my family’s medical insurance out of my own pocket, and my boss–the guy I see in the mirror–often orders me to show up for work before 7 a.m.

But as I approach my 10th anniversary of self-employment, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Among the many reasons is this benefit: the variety of interesting and mind-stretching work that I get to pursue.

A current case in point is the writing I’ve been doing for Urban Land Institute’s Chicago chapter the past few months.

Thanks to a referral from friend and fellow Medillian Ed Finkel, who had previously written for the ULI, I began writing summaries at the organization’s Sept. 25 meeting: “River North: Past Plans, Future Opportunities.”

That debut was followed by a most timely session whose subject was The Credit Crisis: How the Collapse of Credit Impacts the Economy and Commercial Real Estate.”

Talk about a crash-course!

Most recently, last Thursday, I sat in on the “Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2009” discussion led by ULI consultant Jonathan D. Miller.

For the third straight time, by listening to very bright people use clarity and humor to cut through complex topics, I learned a ton and had the privilege of striving to boil down the discussion in about 1,000 words.

Once ULI-Chicago posts the summary on its website, I’ll link to it here.

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