September October 2013

Pillars: building community

The Galaxy Apartments, which was completed at the end of March 2012, is a key player in the revitalization of a derelict city block...

Glory days of opportunity

It's good to note that no matter how intellectual a person, the irony is that most decisions are ultimately made by intuition. In the...

Polly wolly doodle all the day

Rather than being frowned upon, doodling should be actively encouraged in meetings because it improves our ability to pay attention, a British psychologist claims. A...

City slicker future shock

Educated and higher income people of all ages are choosing to live and work in cities, businesses and R&D hubs are driving innovation, and...

Energy efficiency, value not values

For a more current perspective on value in the controversial realm of energy efficiency, Wharton professor Howard Kunreuther, Wharton postdoctoral researcher Dena M. Gromet...

Easy as a handshake. Solid as granite.

Then why do so many owners and operators reduce it to simply "signing" a piece of paper rather than a critical gateway to an...

Older Americans on the move

More than 7 million Americans moved between states in 2012, the highest number of long-distance moves in four years, according to new data from...

HUD’s racial agenda

Poor people who live in government housing projects tend to find their broader neighborhoods are poor, too. Many of their neighborhoods are segregated. Their...

Inner core gets schooled

A founding partner and CEO of the Newark-based developer RBH Group, Beit said his shift in vision came from walking into Thrive Academy, a...

Apartment demand to outpace supply

"While overall housing production is projected to be well below structural demand, apartment deliveries are on the rise and projected to increase over the...

The golden state and distributed power

One of the state's highest-profile leadership roles has been on the issue of the environment. For example, California legislators passed and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger...

Rise of the rental

The project, developed by Miami-based Melo Group, exemplifies a new generation of professionally-managed rental apartments emerging in South Florida. After a long drought in rental...

Living in the Roman tradition

You can still find relics of the building's school days, but now the space mostly houses the diocese offices, Catholic Charities and the Catholic...

Apartment play house

Now it's back and steaming ahead. Demolition and of two vacant warehouses on the 2.9-acre site is underway and construction has begun on 320-units. The project...

Story-driven data analysis

But that is not the only reason to use stories. Time and time again in our experience, stories have been more than an afterthought;...

The war on fake reviews

They were writing or commissioning fake online reviews, or "astroturfing," as it's sometimes called. A sting operation codenamed Operation Clean Turf involved creating a...

The U.S. deficit shrank, but will we ever be the same?

For the federal fiscal year ending September 30, the CBO estimates that the budget deficit will fall to $642 billion--the lowest level since 2008...

The art of balance

In a recent survey of 483 executives, managers, and professionals, we found that 60 percent of those who carry smartphones for work are connected...

Six ways to grow your job

As one of my executive MBA students recently told me, "I know that I have to carve out more time to think strategically about...

Banning demon coal

One mystery of U.S. politics is why Al Gore, California billionaire Tom Steyer and the green lobby view President Obama as a disaster for...

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