Monthly Archives: September 2014

Bloodworth: Greenways Increasing Residential Values

The Memphis region’s existing 50 miles of greenways, paths and trails are responsible for some increase in property values, particularly residential property, says Rusty Bloodworth, vice president of Boyle Investment Co. and past chairman of the Urban Land Institute’s Memphis chapter. And Bloodworth said that could increase as the trail system goes from linear to loop and more people can see a plan. “Right now we’ve got the linear trail system and we see a little bit of an increase. But I think the more ridership for biking or walking on … Read More

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Blurb on excerpt from Ed McMahon’s visit to Memphis

National sustainable development expert Ed McMahon, who was in town recently for the Mid-South Greenways Conservation Workshop, praises Memphis’ green space assets. Click here to download blurb from Ed McMahon

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COMING SOON! Housing in America: Integrating Housing, Health, and Resilience in a Changing Environment

Housing in America: Integrating Housing, Health, and Resilience in a Changing Environment Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and causing more damage in cities across the United States, which directly impacts the health and resilience of individuals and entire communities. This report explores how households and communities are responding to these impacts. Through lessons learned from three case examples—in Greensburg, Kansas; San Diego, California; and Cedar Rapids Iowa—this report also shares key takeaways for creating and sustaining healthier and more resilient people, housing, and communities in the face of an … Read More

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Building for Wellness: The Business Case

Does wellness make business sense as a development objective? How have developers pursued this objective? What has the market response been? And how have developers measured their success? To answer these questions, Building for Wellness: The Business Case highlights 13 projects of varying product type and scale that were developed with health and wellness in mind. In a series of profiles, developers share their motivation for incorporating a variety of health and wellness features, how these features factored into the overall development and operations process, and how the market has responded.

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Intersections: Health and the Built Environment

Intersections: Health and the Built Environment explores global health trends and makes the link between those trends and what has been happening to our built environment. It looks at the relationship between how healthy we are and the way our buildings and communities function. The report uses data and project examples drawn from around the world to make the case that we can build our way to better health, by changing our approach to cities, communities, and places.

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Ten Principles for Building Healthy Places

Ten Principles for Building Healthy Places distills lessons learned from the three Advisory Services panels ULI conducted in the spring of 2013 as well as insights from a workshop attended by experts from a variety of fields. Read more about these Advisory Services panels here. The report from ULI’s Building Healthy Places Initiative sets out ten important principles that can be used to create a new approach to building healthy communities. The principles in the report, if acted upon, will help people live longer, more productive lives, reduce unhealthy lifestyles, help improve … Read More

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Greenprint Plan Proposes 500 Miles of Greenways

Greenways would connect Shelby, Crittenden, DeSoto, and Fayette counties. by TOBY SELLS A plan will soon move forward that could eventually connect Shelby, Crittenden, DeSoto, and Fayette counties with a network of 500 miles of greenways. It’s the first recommendation from those who have guided the Mid-South Regional Greenprint plan for the past three years. Shelby County won $2.6 million in 2011 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to develop a long-term vision for the area’s green spaces, including parks, greenways, community gardens, storm water management, and waterways. … Read More

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