Monthly Archives: December 2014

Holiday Message from ULI Toronto Chair Rob Spanier

2014 was a milestone year for ULI Toronto. It was a year of transition that positioned us for a bigger and brighter future in the Toronto Region. Stepping into the role as chair from my previous role as vice-chair, I inherited the benefits of an organization that earned a reputation for urban leadership in the pursuit of building healthy communities. Our programming and events have engaged the professional land use and real estate community across the broadest possible spectrum. This year we hired our first full time Executive Director, Richard … Read More

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2014 Holiday Greetings from ULI CEO Patrick L. Phillips

AS 2014 COMES TO A CLOSE, I want to extend my thanks for your support of the Urban Land Institute. Your investments in ULI—your contributions of time, talent, and treasure—are ensuring that the Institute remains the preeminent authority on issues affecting how cities around the world are growing, changing, and adapting to the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. I’m pleased to tell you that over the past year, ULI has continued to evolve into an organization that is more energized, more innovative, and most important, more member-focused—a course … Read More

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24th Annual University of Waterloo Planning Alumni of Toronto focuses on Intelligent Communities

The annual University of Waterloo Planning Alumni of Toronto dinner continued a tradition that stretches an amazing 24 years by filling the Royal York Hotel Canadian Room to capacity for an evening of networking and education. Over the years the dinner has grown in importance beyond its impressive roster of alumni, and is now the annual event of record for the planning and development community in the Toronto region. This year’s keynote speaker was Robert Bell, co-founder of the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), a New York City based think tank … Read More

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Notes from the Big Apple

A young leaders thoughts on the ULI 2015 Fall Meeting By Kendra FitzRandolph In October, I attended my first ULI Fall Meeting in New York City. If you are a regular attendee of the Fall Meeting, you will already be aware of its overarching goal: to connect real estate professionals with each other and explore some of the greatest projects in the world. To be honest, I came to the Meeting to network with these professionals and spend some time with friends in New York, but the Meeting brought me … Read More

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ULI Awards Submissions Due March 16th 2015

The official 2015 ULI awards season is upon us!  Apply now or send to a colleague who has designed or developed an exceptional project or program that you think is deserving of recognition. These four programs are open to all, not just ULI members. Submissions for these programs are due          March 16, 2015. Visit to apply or more information.

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Moving Forward: How Elizabeth Fry received meaningful support from Pro Bono+

By Brad Stewart “The degree of civilization in a society is measured by the way it treats its prisoners.” — Fyodor Dostoyevsky   How can Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) resources be employed in ways that can most benefit the community and facilitate broader engagement from its members? This is a question routinely asked amongst ULI’s leadership team and one that has led to the creation of many unique and valuable initiatives at both the national and local level. In 2012 the Pro Bono+ Program was introduced to that end as … Read More

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John Tory must be Toronto’s builder-in-chief

As a candidate for Toronto mayor, John Tory appealed to voters with an ambitious transit plan promising congestion relief in seven years without new city taxes or debt. As mayor, Mr. Tory now has to deliver on a promise that assumes increased property tax revenue from new real estate development to generate the needed revenue to expand transit service. To get there, Tory needs his SmartTrack plan to become the most powerful tool for urban intensification ever wielded in the region. SmartTrack was brilliantly marketed as a plan to deliver … Read More

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