ULI senior resident fellows and visiting fellows are land use experts with deep knowledge of the urban development process gained through decades of experience in the private sector, in public service, and as nonprofit leaders. Their role is to research topics of relevance to the Institute’s members and share their findings widely through publications, advisory services, media interviews, and speaking engagements at ULI conferences as well as district and national council events. ULI fellows serve as senior-level resources to members, the media, and the general public on a variety of market and policy issues, demographic trends, and economic forces shaping cities. Below is a summary of their FY 2016 accomplishments:
Ed McMahon holds the Charles E. Fraser chair for sustainable development. A senior resident fellow and attorney, McMahon specializes in sustainable growth, land conservation, historic preservation, and the intersection between food, sustainable agriculture, and real estate. Prior to joining ULI in 2004, McMahon served for 14 years as vice president and director of land use planning at the Arlington, Virginia–based Conservation Fund, where he helped to preserve 5 million acres of land of historic or natural significance.
In FY 2016, McMahon and Rachel MacCleery, ULI senior vice president of content, wrote Active Transportation in Real Estate: The Next Frontier, published by the ULI Building Healthy Places Initiative. The report explores the synergies between private real estate development and public investments in walking and cycling infrastructure. McMahon shared the report’s findings as well as general principles of healthy places with district and national councils, including a presentation and dialogue with ULI Turkey members via videoconference.
He also spearheaded the Institute’s new Food and Real Estate program, which launched in FY 2016. This program explores the theme of food production and agriculture as a placemaking tool, a sustainable amenity, and a value-add for real estate development. McMahon presented on this topic at the Food and Real Estate Forum in New Orleans in February. He also published “Recognizing the Power of Food in Real Estate Development” in the September/October 2015 issue of Urban Land magazine. In addition, McMahon is considered an expert source for the media. In FY 2016, he was interviewed for several stories on so-called agrihoods—residential developments that offer community gardens and agriculture—that appeared in national media outlets, including CBS This Morning, the Associated Press, CityLab, and MarketWatch.
Tom Murphy holds the Joseph C. Canizaro/Klingbeil Family chair for urban development. Murphy is the former mayor of Pittsburgh, serving in that role from 1994 until 2006, after which he joined ULI as a senior resident fellow. Having overseen a complete transformation of Pittsburgh from a tired Rust Belt city to a vibrant urban magnet with a new, high-tech economy, Murphy is credited with securing more than $1 billion in public and private investment for Pittsburgh in the form of new public parks, arenas, and other public spaces.
At ULI, Murphy specializes in public/private partnerships and how they function as a vital tool for urban revitalization as well as in land use and economic development strategies for cities. In FY 2016, he coauthored Reaching for the Future: Creative Financing for Smaller Communities with Maureen McAvey, a former senior resident fellow and Bucksbaum Family chair for retail. The report focused on six unique small- and mid-sized communities that reinvented themselves through a variety of creative partnerships and financing strategies. Each community’s economy was rooted in heavy industry, the decline of which in the late 20th century meant the communities themselves experienced population loss, economic decline, and loss of a clear identity. Through a clearly defined vision, strong private and public sector leadership, and a combination of public and private funding streams, each community charted a new course for its future. The report was made possible with support from ULI Foundation Governor James R. Harris.
In support of Reaching for the Future, Murphy spoke about the six communities at a number of district council events and led a highly successful panel discussion on the report during the 2016 ULI Spring Meeting in Philadelphia. The panel, featuring key stakeholders from Cincinnati; Greenville, South Carolina; and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, speaking about their cities’ transformations, received coverage from the Philadelphia Inquirer and was well attended by Spring Meeting attendees.
In addition, Murphy served as chair of a ULI Advisory Services panel in Foshan, China, in November 2015. The panel was tasked with advising Foshan, a city in the Pearl River Delta of 7.3 million people with gross domestic product of more than $1 billion, as it transitions from a manufacturing-based economy where household goods are made for export to an ideas-based economy with an emphasis on cultivating entrepreneurs and an educated workforce. The panel recommended that the city invest in its educational system and use the historic central district of Changcheng as a focal point. It also suggested that Foshan take advantage of its rich cultural heritage to develop its tourism sector and to offer young professionals a sense of authenticity and vibrancy as they start their careers.
Greg Clark is a senior fellow with ULI Europe and leads several research initiatives for the region. In FY 2016, Clark partnered with Tim Moonen, director of intelligence at the Business of Cities, to write a report titled Technology, Real Estate, and the Innovation Economy. It describes how the real estate industry can be a full participant in the innovation economy and how it can respond to the disruptive forces of technology and the sharing economy and also respond to the evolving needs of innovation companies with creative solutions that break with traditional business models. Learn more about this report in Priorities.
Clark has played an instrumental role in ULI Europe’s density initiative, which explores the issue of urban densification as a tool for sustainable growth in an era when more people than ever are living in or moving to cities. In FY 2016, Clark and Moonen released The Density Dividend: Solutions for Growing and Shrinking Cities, the second in a series of three reports on density published by ULI Europe and cosponsors. The Density Dividend highlights examples of successful density in major European cities and examines how densification can be used a tool for cities in phases of expansion as well as consolidation. The report looks at six cities in Europe that have densified to one degree or another at different stages in their life cycles. As part of the report’s outreach to ULI members, Clark presented the report’s findings at the ULI Europe Conference in February as well as at workshops at several national councils, including ULI Turkey, ULI Netherlands, and ULI Poland. In addition, Clark served as coauthor for Brussels and Antwerp: Pathways to a Competitive Future, a report that examines complementary and competitive strategies for these two cities, and a discussion leader for the ULI Belgium Competitive Cities Conference.
Juanita Hardy is a senior visiting fellow for creative placemaking, a field that integrates the power of arts, culture, and creativity to create vibrant places and bring economic transformation, public and private investment to communities. Her work will support ULI’s Building Healthy Places Initiative by broadening ULI’s focus on creative placemaking through ULI’s content initiatives, the District Council Network, and through the ULI Healthy Corridors project. Hardy bring more than 30 years of experience in the arts, arts management, executive leadership and training. As former executive director of CulturalDC, she worked closely with private real estate developers and artists on several ground-breaking creative placemaking initiatives.
Learn more about the ULI Fellows Program.