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Real Estate Investment Acquisitions: The Written Summary for Urban Land Institute

In the wake of a gridlocked transaction market these last couple of years, “thawing out” only begins to describe what’s most recently been happening in the real estate investment acquisition market. That’s the start of my summary of the April 29, 2010, meeting of the Urban Land Institute’s Chicago District Council, whose members gathered at […]

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 […]

Cook County Land Bank: Returning Vacant Land to Productive Use

By Matt Baron ULI Staff Writer This is a summary of the February 7, 2013 Roundtable of the Metropolitan Planning Council and the ULI Chicago District Council, held at Drinker Biddle in Chicago. The session’s discussion focused on the challenges and potential rewards that are anticipated with the emergence of the Cook County Land Bank. […]

Leadership–Without Being in the Limelight

Last night, the Golden State Warriors capped an impressive comeback–in the game, and in its entire series against the Oklahoma City Thunder–to advance to the NBA Finals. One of the bigger reasons the defending champion Warriors were able to bounce back from a 3-1 series hole: the team’s ability to pass the ball to the […]

ULI Chicago Redeems My TIF Experience

Small miracles pop up in the most unlikely places at the most unexpected times. Take two weeks ago, when I sat through a discussion on Tax Increment Financing. Years ago, I thought maybe, just maybe I had left TIF-related matters in my rear-view mirror. I figured I’d paid my penance, having covered TIF issues for […]

Distillation Time: Embarking on My 4th Year Writing for ULI Chicago

The closest thing that I have to a school-year cycle is my ongoing work for the Chicago District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). Last week, with “Defending the `Burbs: An Investment Outlook for Chicagoland Suburbs Compared to the CBD,” I began my fourth year of writing summaries for ULI Chicago at the monthly […]

Inside Edge on Assignment With ULI Chicago: Emerging Trends in Real Estate for 2011

Will the Chicago Cubs ever win another World Series? Who was the genius who decided that there should be a “p” in “raspberry”? And just what are the emerging trends in real estate for 2011? While I can’t answer the first two questions with any level of confidence, I can at least point you in […]

ULI Assignment: J.C. Nichols Prize Luncheon Honoring Chicago Mayor Richard Daley

A few days ago, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley was named the 2010 laureate for the Urban Land Institute J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development. Through my ongoing writing engagements for the ULI’s Chicago District, I had the privilege of being at the Art Institute of Chicago to chronicle the event. In addition to […]

NAIOP Marks A New Writing Adventure

A new writing client of mine is NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association. The acronym, by the way, rhymes with “skytop.” It’s a fitting memory device, considering my first assignment, in March, was to write a summary of “A View from the Top: The Nation’s leading Real Estate CEOs Provide Insight Into The Industrial […]

Writing On `State of the Chicago Hotel Market’

It’s been awhile since I wrote about hotels. I’ve written about events at hotels, provided feature reporting for Time magazine on boutique hotels–and even went into one hotel room, right after a police officer, to report on a young man who had fallen to his death from a ledge. But it wasn’t until 10 days […]