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Event Preview | Put a Lid on It: Creating New Opportunities for Urban Land

What does the future look like for Seattle as open space becomes scarce due to population growth? While we might not have an answer just quite yet, ULI Northwest is hoping to continue this discussion by hosting an event that will discuss the idea of putting a lid on I-5 and whether or not this is the right fit for downtown Seattle. Held on June 1st, 2016 at the Grand Hyatt in Downtown Seattle from 7:30 A.M to 10:00 A.M, this is an event you won’t want to miss. With … Read More

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Spotlight on Kyoto

Kyoto, the original capital of Japan, is the country’s cultural epicenter and holds countless immaculately preserved historical and spiritual treasures. We are offering an optional add-on of two days in Kyoto at the end of our Study Tour that you won’t want to miss. Highlights on our Kyoto visit will include: Private dinner at a traditional Kyoto restaurant with locally sourced cuisine and sake pairing Morning meditation and tea ceremoney in Kodaji Temple Lunch at Kiyomizu Temple featuring traditional Buddist style vegetarian lunch overlooking a private garden inside the temple … Read More

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Spotlight on Tokyo

Here are five fun facts about Tokyo, the third stop of our upcoming study tour of China & Japan: 1. The Greater Tokyo Area is the most densely populated metropolitan area in the world with 37.8 million people. For comparison, the state of California has a population of 38.8 million people. 2. Tokyo has a massive subway system that boasts 285 stations and 13 lines covering a total system length of nearly 200 miles. Nearly 7 million people ride the subway each day. 3. Much of Tokyo’s cuisine doesn’t so much represent … Read More

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Spotlight on Shanghai

Here are five fun facts on Shanghai, the second stop of our upcoming study tour of China & Japan: 1. Shanghai is huge! There are 4 times as many people in the City of Shanghai than in the entire country of New Zealand. 2. The main language spoken in Shanghai is Shanghainese. Like many Chinese regions, Shanghai has its own unique language. It is one of the 248 Chinese dialects. And within Shanghai, there are mini dialects. Those from the outer suburbs use different vocabulary and have accents different from … Read More

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Sound Transit U-Link Grand Opening

Husky Stadium Station and Broadway Station, the two newest stations of Seattle’s light rail system, opened over the weekend. Dubbed as U-Link by Sound Transit, the Husky Stadium station marks the first light rail connection to North Seattle. See below for more photos from the Husky Stadium Station grand opening.

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Spotlight on Beijing

Here are five fun facts on Beijing, the first stop of our upcoming study tour of China & Japan: 1. Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China. Bei means northern, and jing means capital. 2. Beijing is the center of the nation’s politics and international exchanges, and it is also China’s second largest city after Shanghai. 3. The cuisine in Beijing is known as Jing Cuisine, and the popular dishes include Hot and Sour Soup, Moo Shu Pork, and Peking Duck, which is a roast duck sliced … Read More

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China & Japan Tour


Join ULI Northwest on an immersive tour of three major Asian markets: Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo. Prepare for exclusive access to new projects, executive-level investors and developers, and insights into direct investment between North America and Asia. Reserve your spot now for this dynamic tour of Asia’s most important markets for investment and development. The tour will include three days at the ULI Asia Pacific Summit in Shanghai, the region’s premier real estate event featuring sessions with industry leaders and in-depth property tours. The tour is specifically designed for upper-level … Read More

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Event Recap: YLG Real Estate Panel

On February 18, the ULI Northwest Young Leaders Group and the Real Estate Club at the University of Washington co-hosted a well-attended networking event and panel discussion for young professionals and current students. The event was held at Anthony’s Forum, in the Foster School of Business on the University of Washington campus. Panelists included April Mackoff, an attorney with the law firm of McCullough Hill Leary; Joe Polito, Senior Development Manager with Touchstone; Janel Charlton, Associate Broker with Real Retail; and David Otis, Vice President of Capital Markets at JLL. … Read More

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Event Recap | YLG Leadership Forum with Bob McCleskey

The most recent ULI Northwest Leadership Forum was an opportunity for the Young Leaders Group to understand what it takes to build, grow, and maintain a successful business in our industry. The guest was Bob McCleskey, CEO of Sellen Construction, who shared valuable insight into his personal background and what his company is doing to set itself apart in the local market. Sellen’s track record is impressive. During Bob’s 35 years with the company, Sellen has grown rapidly and established a breadth of large clients in a diverse array of … Read More

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Event Recap: Emerging Trends 2016 (Seattle)

In this increasingly complex world, adaptation is key to survival and competitive advantage, and the following trends speak to the flexibility, resilience, and innovation of the economy and commercial real estate market. 18-Hour Cities Secondary markets are suddenly “hip” as investors look to place capital in markets outside the 24-hour gateway cities. A Return to the Burbs? As millennials marry and start families, many are moving to the suburbs. Changes in Office Space Can aging office assets meet the current and fluid demands of tech, media, advertising, and information users? … Read More

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