• Pillars: building community

    • 2013-10-02
    • PEGGY SHAW

    The Galaxy Apartments, which was completed at the end of March 2012, is a key player in the revitalization of a derelict city block in an overlooked area in South Silver Spring, Md.

    The 241-unit community, one of the dual winners of the Best Affordable Apartment Community award, is located within walking distance of public transportation, sho


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  • MHP Reflections

    • 2013-10-02
    • Linda Hoffman, Publisher

    It would be easy to become dizzy from all the noise in the room these days. Sorting through the facts, sensationalism and opinions is exhausting. Then there's consensus. While not fact-based, it delivers insight, however predictable or startling, on our national intuition.

    It's good to note that no matter how intellectual a person, the irony


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  • Polly wolly doodle all the day

    • 2013-10-02
    • Ian Sample

    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 study that compared how well people remembered details of a dull monologue found that those who doodled throughout retained more information than those who tried to sit and list


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  • City slicker future shock

    • 2013-10-02
    • Brad Case

    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 public spaces and cultural institutions are being re-imagined for quality of life.

    According to a recent McKinsey & Co. report, "If the 21st century is the century of cities, then urban America begins the


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  • Energy efficiency, value not values

    • 2013-10-02
    • David Dittman

    For a more current perspective on value in the controversial realm of energy efficiency, Wharton professor Howard Kunreuther, Wharton postdoctoral researcher Dena M. Gromet (lead author) and Duke University professor Richard P. Larrick looked at the issue through the lens of political persuasion. Their paper, "Political Ideology Affects Energy-Effi


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  • Easy as a handshake. Solid as granite.

    • 2013-10-02

    Then why do so many owners and operators reduce it to simply "signing" a piece of paper rather than a critical gateway to an important prospect/customer relationship?

    Let's face it. In today's world, 9-to-5 office hours and stop-by-to-sign (delete space after stop) just won't do.

    A new product called LeaseIT developed by SyndicIT Servic


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  • Older Americans on the move

    • 2013-10-02
    • Neil Shah and Conor Dougherty, wsj.com

    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 the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, its most comprehensive snapshot of U.S. demographic trends. The figure is above a low point of 6.7 million in 2010 but well below the pre-recession pace of nea


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  • HUD's racial agenda

    • 2013-10-02
    • Stephen Koff, Plain Dealer

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

    And every bit of this is known, even to the government. But this being the information age, the federal government says it wants to gather information--sca


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  • Inner core gets schooled

    • 2013-10-02
    • Betsy Isaacson, Huffington Post

    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 charter school in Newark's central ward.

    "I was blown away by the work they were doing," he recalled. "The teachers were really energizing, they were focusing on education--I want to harness that energy. T


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  • Apartment demand to outpace supply

    • 2013-10-02
    • PEGGY SHAW

    "While overall housing production is projected to be well below structural demand, apartment deliveries are on the rise and projected to increase over the next few quarters to 1.5 percent to 2 percent of apartment stock or roughly 250,000 units in annual deliveries," AvalonBay Communities, Inc. CEO Tim Naughton reported during the apartment REIT's


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  • The golden state and distributed power

    • 2013-10-02
    • David Dittman

    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 signed the most restrictive greenhouse gas emissions law in the union, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.

    Statewide and bipartisan concern for the environment extend


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  • Rise of the rental

    • 2013-10-02
    • Martha Brannigan, miamiherald.com

    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 construction and the loss of thousands of rental units to condo conversion during the last boom, 13 new rental apartment projects with 3,508 units were completed r


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  • Banning demon coal

    • 2013-10-02

    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 global warming. Maybe nobody could satisfy their ambitions. But the reality is that the White House is gradually enacting their anticarbon agenda through regulation.

    Steyer and the rest notched another vict


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  • Living in the Roman tradition

    • 2013-10-02
    • Rachelle Baillon

    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 Herald, among other things. Some past and present priests also call the center home.

    "Because this was a high school seminary a lot of these things aren't needed, at least on a daily basis or a freq


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  • Apartment play house

    • 2013-10-02

    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 comes as a JV between toy manufacturer and wholesaler MegaToys, owned by longtime Downtown leader and landowner Charlie Woo, real estate company Lowe Enterprises and private inve


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  • Story-driven data analysis

    • 2013-10-02
    • Judy Bayer & Marie Taillard

    But that is not the only reason to use stories. Time and time again in our experience, stories have been more than an afterthought; they have actually enabled a more rigorous analysis of data in the first place. Stories allow the analysts to construct a set of hypotheses and provide a map for investigating the data.

    We recently worked with a


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  • The war on fake reviews

    • 2013-10-02
    • Eric Spitznagel, businessweek.com

    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 fictional yogurt shop in Brooklyn and then approaching SEO (search engine optimization) companies to ask for help with their negative online reviews. The investigation revealed tha


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

    • 2013-10-02

    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 when the recent recession began. That's 4 percent of GDP, compared to 10.1 percent of GDP in 2009.

    And there's even more good news in store the agency says: The deficit is projected to shrink furthe


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  • The art of balance

    • 2013-10-02
    • Jennifer J. Deal

    In a recent survey of 483 executives, managers, and professionals, we found that 60 percent of those who carry smartphones for work are connected to their jobs 13.5 or more hours a day on weekdays, and about five hours on weekends, for a total of about 72 hours. Assuming these people sleep about seven-and-a-half hours a night, that leaves only thre


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  • Six ways to grow your job

    • 2013-10-02
    • Herminia Ibarra

    As one of my executive MBA students recently told me, "I know that I have to carve out more time to think strategically about my business, but all my peers are executing to the hilt and I don't want to fall behind."

    Simply plugging along in our current role is more dangerous than it might seem. The business environment changes quickly and som


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