Category Archives: San Francisco

Head of Emerald Fund, Oz Erickson, Leads Panel Discussion on SF Affordability Crisis

SF Affordability Crisis

There’s widespread agreement that San Francisco has an affordability crisis. What we can’t agree on is what to do about it. On Tuesday September 16th ULI San Francisco hosted The San Francisco Affordability Crisis: How We Got Here and What We Can Do About It, a panel discussion of private, public and community representatives to discuss the herculean task to make our City more affordable. A diversity of opinions were shared among panelists Peter Cohen, Co-director for the Council of Community Housing Organizations; Sarah Dennis-Phillips, Project Manager SF Office of Economic and Workforce … Read More

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Jim Curtis sheds light on Bristol Group’s success: Lunching with Leaders Recap

Jim Curtis

By Alan Heck ULI San Francisco’s Young Leaders Group hosted another installment of the Lunching with Leaders series with Jim Curtis on Thursday, September 11, 2014.  Jim Curtis, Managing Partner and Founder of Bristol Group, was the featured speaker with a group of more than 30 young land use professionals. Curtis began his spirited discussion by sharing some of his background and highlighting the success of Bristol’s value-add and industrial investment strategies. The value-add strategy is exemplified through the recent acquisition of a historic property in the Bronx, New York … Read More

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Millwheel North Tour: Family Friendly Housing comes to the Dogpatch

Millwheel North

Millwheel North Condo Residence – Indiana Street between 24th/25th streets. Family Ready Homes with Size. By Robert Hindman If one were to imagine where the subjects for Richard Florida’s book, Rise of the Creative Class, would want to settle, it would likely be someplace like the recently completed four-story, 39 unit condo residence called Millwheel North in the vibrant, often sunny, and rapidly evolving Dogpatch District. It was here that developer and early Dogpatch trailblazer, Redmond Lyons, President of the R Group and Polaris Pacific Managing Director, Garrett Frakes met … Read More

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Call for Proposals: ULIsf Shark Tank Series


ULI San Francisco is pleased to announce the third event in our ongoing Shark Tank series. Tailored after the popular television show and following the huge success of our last two Shark Tank events, this marquee event brings together local real estate entrepreneurs and a panel of “sharks” to vet their proposals in the context of their decades of experience. The goal of the event is to offer the audience a look behind closed doors of an investment committee. The session will feature two interesting and diverse investment proposals presented … Read More

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The Latest Thinking on Resilience – Californians Save $100

Ocean Beach

Leading thinkers and practitioners are gathering in San Francisco on September 4 and 5 to discuss topics at the cutting edge of resilience planning. Whether you are looking to minimize risks from climate change, increase the value of a development, or strengthen your community’s ability to bounce forward when disaster strikes, you need to be a part of these discussions. You need to be at ULI’s new conference Building the Resilient City: Risks & Opportunities. See who else is already registered.   All California residents will receive a $100 registration … Read More

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ULIsf Welcomes New Manager: Renée van Staveren

Renée van Staveren

ULI San Francisco is excited to welcome our newest manager, Renée van Staveren. A Northern California native, prior to attending college she was an AmeriCorps public health volunteer in San Mateo, followed by work in the e-waste recycling sector in Los Angeles. Renée attended Prescott College where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Community Development, followed by a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from Cal Poly Pomona. While studying, Renée worked with AMMA Transit Planning in the specialized transportation sector, spurring her interest in transportation infrastructure, multimodal transit … Read More

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ULI Resilience Highlights SF Bayview

Bayview, San Francisco

The latest Urban Land magazine addresses a local concern — community survival after a major earthquake. In the article “San Francisco’s Bayview Plans for Resilience at the Neighborhood Level”, church administrator G.L. Hodge shares the ongoing emergency preparedness at Providence Baptist Church and their plan to serve San Francisco Bayview residents after a catastrophe. Drawing from his experiences in the Loma Prieta Earthquake and the Los Angeles riots, Hodge explains the initiative Resilient Bayview, a community-led effort of neighborhood leaders and city agencies to develop and implement an action plan. Read the full … Read More

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WLI: Beyond the Elevator Pitch Recap

Beyond the Elevator Pitch, the professional engagement and speaking workshop put on by the Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI), took place on June 3. We were fortunate to have two ULI writers in attendance; Lauren Kohli, TRC and Lindsay Pincus, Studio Architecture, to capture their personal experiences from the sold-out event. On Tuesday, June 3, Holland & Knight hosted a sold-out crowd of women eager to learn about improving our “Elevator Pitches” and making positive lasting impressions on the people that we meet. The incredibly engaging and insightful Lisa Wentz, founder of the … Read More

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2014-2015 Mentor Program Call for Applications!


The application process for this program is now closed.  ULI San Francisco’s Young Leaders Group (YLG) is proud to announce that the 2014-2015 Mentor Program application is now available. One of the most popular programs offered by the YLG, the mentor program promotes the mission of fostering an exchange of professional ideas, friendship and expertise among young real estate professionals and industry veterans. This program matches young professionals with experienced professionals to help guide and support them for a calendar year.  In addition, mentors have an opportunity to strengthen ties … Read More

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ULI Technical Assistance Builds Momentum for Brisbane and Concord

Concord TAP 2014

Cities today are facing many challenges. Strained budgets, tense political environments, and limited staff capacity are just a few of the obstacles jurisdictions must contend with during the community planning process. In the last three months, ULI San Francisco held two Technical Assistance Panels (TAPs) for the City of Brisbane and, most recently, the City of Concord, to provide expert, multidisciplinary advice to these cities facing complex land use and real estate issues. The following video is a summation of the TAP program and process based on the Panel work … Read More

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