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Millennials are so last year: commercial real estate developers build with Gen Z in mind

Millennials are so last year: commercial real estate developers build with Gen Z in mind

Apartment rental ad of the future: one-bedroom, one-bath available. Materials sustainably sourced and eco-friendly. Construction workers were treated humanely while on job site. Welcome to Generation Z’s influence on commercial real estate. Multifamily and co-working locations will be earth-friendly. Increased food delivery demands will require larger commercial kitchens. Retail spots will become a place to do… READ MORE

When will this huge West Oakland BART project leave the station?

When will this huge West Oakland BART project leave the station?

Now entering four years of discussion, West Oakland BART developers say they’ll show progress soon on the $565 million project. New projects on BART property don’t happen overnight. It took 20 years to break ground at the Walnut Creek Transit Village, while Bridge Housing’s 200-unit project at the San Leandro station started construction after a… READ MORE

Cannabis, coworking, and the marijuana-industry land rush

Cannabis, coworking, and the marijuana-industry land rush

Legal weed could be a $75 billion business by 2030 In Los Angeles, a pair of soon-to-open coworking spaces will offer a twist on the formula popularized by behemoth WeWork and The Wing in New York City. Though they boast whiteboards and shared workspace, host regularly scheduled meet-ups and speaking events, and even offer access to advisers and investment capital, these… READ MORE

New Tech Offices In The Bay Area May Not Come With Free Lunches

New Tech Offices In The Bay Area May Not Come With Free Lunches

The age of free lunches for tech employees may be coming to a close in parts of the Bay Area. San Francisco Supervisors Ahsha Safaí and Aaron Peskin have proposed a ban on cafeterias in new office buildings, San Francisco Chronicle reports. Local retailers and restaurant owners have complained that the influx of new tech… READ MORE

Trend alert: The beautiful impact of biophilic design

Trend alert: The beautiful impact of biophilic design

As we move towards a future of driverless cars, shrinking parking lots, and smart, connected buildings, there’s another quiet trend taking root: biophilic city planning and building design. Biophilic design is bringing nature back into urban areas, balancing all that concrete and steel with more living plants, water, sunlight, and natural materials. It’s a way… READ MORE

How driverless cars are going to change cities

How driverless cars are going to change cities

As the arrival of driverless cars gets closer, cities are scrambling to get ready. And for good reason: The driverless car promises to reshape the urban landscape as we know it. Little wonder, then, that the potential changes are creating excitement—and fear—among city planners. As they host test fleets of robot vehicles and figure out… READ MORE

Facebook explores $2.4 billion commuter railway and roads to link its Fremont and Menlo Park campuses

Facebook explores $2.4 billion commuter railway and roads to link its Fremont and Menlo Park campuses

The social media giant, along with infrastructure developer Plenary Group and SamTrans, are trying to pin down how, exactly, to fund the massive Dumbarton corridor revamp that would bring necessary traffic relief to the region. Facebook is exploring what it would take to finally build a commuter rail across Dumbarton corridor — a move that would… READ MORE

How the New U.S. Tax Law Affects Community Development Projects

How the New U.S. Tax Law Affects Community Development Projects

The new U.S. tax law is considered one of the biggest tax overhauls since 1986 affecting community development projects. As Congress cobbled together the biggest tax overhaul since 1986, they nearly wiped out the essential sources of funding for large-scale community development projects—namely, three federal tax credit programs that attract private investment for neighborhood revitalization…. READ MORE

Future of Retail Is Brick-and-Mortar Stores and E-Commerce Working Better Together

Future of Retail Is Brick-and-Mortar Stores and E-Commerce Working Better Together

The retail industry needs to stop taking sides in the competition between online and brick-and-mortar stores. Thi is according to shopping center developer Nate Forbes during a panel discussion on global retail at the 2018 ULI Spring Meeting in Detroit. The focus for mall owners and retailers should be on extending their brand “beyond the… READ MORE

Will Warriors be allowed to bring the noise (and light) to Chase Center?

Will Warriors be allowed to bring the noise (and light) to Chase Center?

Golden State Warriors fans bring the noise to every game at “Roaracle Arena,” but the franchise is trying to prove that it’s not tone deaf to potential sound problems or blind to lighting concerns around its new San Francisco home. GSW Arena LLC, the Warrior’s affiliate that owns and will operate the area-office-retail development in… READ MORE