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Pruitt-Igoe

A cautionary housing tale

Can society be designed? Can an expert engineer alleviate people’s pains and struggles with a good-enough central plan and blueprint? Minoru Yamasaki thought so. Yamasaki was one of America’s most well-respected architects in the 20th century...

Operations enter time-space continuum

Fast, reliable, wireless internet service is not only a nice amenity for residents, it can also cure a long list of headaches for apartment companies. Over the last ten years, a revolution has slowly spread...

It’s back.

In late August, the Supreme Court struck down the Centers for Disease Control’s so-called “eviction moratorium.” The justices ruled that the federal agency did not have the legal authority to unilaterally extend a prohibition...

How to make housing affordable

An old joke goes as follows: Patient to doc: “Doc, it hurts when I do this.” Doctor to patient: “Quit doing that.” That joke applies to the issue of affordable housing. Many people talk about what governments...

What happened in 1971?

Something huge happened in 1971. And both Edward Snowden and Jack Dorsey are asking the same question. In mid-August, Twitter Founder and CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted a strange hashtag: #WTFHappenedin1971. A few weeks later, Edward Snowden,...

What if they opened the office and nobody came?

For months, corporate hegemons, real estate brokers and their media acolytes have been insisted that a return to “normalcy,” that is, to the office, was imminent. Some companies threatened to reduce the incomes of...

A small landlord’s cry: Why is the government violating my property rights?

I am a small landlord, and the government has put me and millions of other small landlords through hell for the past 18 months. Politicians always say they support small business, but they rarely...
Ardmore Cates Creek

Easing the squeeze

The American dream of homeownership has become inaccessible for many, thanks to historically high home prices that are keeping prospective buyers in the rental market. But increased demand for rental housing—along with dwindling supply—continues to...

A great deal of ruin in a nation

Asked if the loss of the American colonies would mean ruin for Britain, Adam Smith replied, “There is a great deal of ruin in a nation.” Even after the loss, Britain went on to...

Residents crave (internet) connection

Apartment renters are increasingly picky about the internet in their homes. A growing number won’t live where they can’t get good service. Until recently, property managers didn’t have to worry about the internet service at...

Small landlords call it a day

Extended rent moratoriums and the slow distribution of billions in federal rent assistance are driving many small landlords to call it quits. “Nobody wants to become a landlord anymore,” said Diane Baird, executive director of...

Prop tech paves the way

As an asset manager, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your assets remain competitive and relevant, manage risk, drive revenue growth, and consequently find ways to increase the value of your property. If those...
Sentral

Flexible leases form start-up

Investors are pumping money into real-estate startups that are pioneering flexible ways to rent apartments on the belief that remote working trends and new forms of housing demand will remain long after the pandemic...

Tech growth expedites multifamily projects

At a recent ULI webinar, panelists discussed the advantages of alternative construction technologies, including modular development, panelization, mass timber, and precast concrete. The webinar was part of a series hosted by the ULI Terwilliger...

Repurposing hotels helps with housing shortage

The pandemic in 2020 slowed tourism throughout the nation, leaving the hospitality industry economically devastated, with hotels and lodging among the hardest hit. After a year of record-breaking occupancy for hotels, many were forced...
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