Here is a list of sites that we here at Urban One like and recommend to anyone in the industry:
Urban Land Institute – Founded in 1936, ULI, or the Urban Land Institute now has members in 95 countries worldwide. It is a 501(c) (3) non-profit research and education organization representing the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines, working in private enterprise and public service.
United States Green Building Council – The USGBC, or the United States Green Building Council is a 501(c) (3) non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation.
International Council of Shopping Centers – Founded in 1957, ICSC, or the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) is the global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its 60,000 members in the U.S., Canada and more than 80 other countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, lenders, retailers and other professionals as well as academics and public officials.
Bringing Back Broadway – Bringing Back Broadway is a public-private partnership initiative focused on an ambitious ten-year plan to: revitalize the historic Broadway district between 2nd Street and Olympic Boulevard in Downtown Los Angeles, activate inactive theaters, re-active more than a million square feet of vacant commercial space, assist retailers and prevent further retail vacancies, increase parking and transit options to serve Broadway, encourage cultural, entertainment and retail uses on Broadway that will sustain generations, create a sense of place and history through urban planning, design and lighting guidelines and streetscapes, and make the dream of once again riding a streetcar downtown a reality.
Los Angeles Streetcar, Inc. (LASI) – 4.75 mile streetcar system in Downtown Los Angeles that will connect major entertainment, recreational, and employment centers. Urban One is managing Los Angeles Streetcar Inc. (LASI), a sole purpose 501(c) (3) non-profit dedicated to the development of a streetcar in Downtown Los Angeles. Urban One is leading the funding, design, and development of the streetcar, which includes: significant community, governmental, political, and stakeholder outreach; a full EIR; financial analysis and valuation of assessment districts; and substantial management of engineering consultants and construction firms.
Los Angeles Conservancy – The Los Angeles Conservancy is a nonprofit membership organization that works through education and advocacy to recognize, preserve, and revitalize the historic architectural and cultural resources of Los Angeles County. A small group of concerned citizens formed the Conservancy in 1978 as part of a community-based effort to prevent demolition of the Los Angeles Central Library, built in 1926. The Conservancy now has more than 6,000 members and hundreds of volunteers, making it the largest local preservation group in the U.S.
Curbed LA – Launched on November 1, 2005, Curbed LA has been at the center of the virtual city, covering real estate sales, rental prices, and news-making deals. They also track the newest developments in architecture and design while keeping up with the hottest restaurants and fashion trends, via their sister sites Eater LA and Racked LA, and the latest neighborhood gossip—it’s all on Curbed, because this is where we live.
Dwell – like their magazine, Dwell delivers fresh, intelligent coverage of modern residential architecture and design, communicating sophisticated concepts in a style that is engaging; researching the latest designs and concepts from all over the world.
LAist – LAist launched in July 2004 and is the most popular local blog in Los Angeles. In addition to covering news and local politics, LAist speaks to the nature of the city by fervently covering the local music and entertainment industry. Traffic is currently at 1.8 million pages per month and growing.
AIA Los Angeles – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the voice of the architecture profession, dedicated to serving and empowering its members through advocacy, educational and outreach programs as well as educating the public on the value and importance of architecture. Members of the AIA include architects, associates working towards licensure, and affiliate members who work in a variety of allied fields.
blogdowntown – blogdowntown is the online community hub for Downtown Los Angeles, delivering the news and information that their readers need to be the most informed and active members of their community. They believe that a vibrant community needs a vibrant news source, and they have been providing that news online since 2005.
Los Angeles Downtown News – Since 1972 Los Angeles Downtown News has been the voice of the Downtown community. Locally owned, Downtown News fills a unique and highly focused niche in the lives of the more than 150,000 readers. With dozens of journalism and industry awards under its belt, the paper and its websites are the premier sources of information about Downtown Los Angeles.
National Association of Industrial and Office Properties – NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, is the leading organization for developers, owners and related professionals in office, industrial and mixed-use real estate. NAIOP provides unparalleled industry networking and education, and advocates for effective legislation on behalf of our members. NAIOP advances responsible, sustainable development that creates jobs and benefits the communities in which our members work and live.
Inhabitat – Inhabitat.com is a weblog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future. They believe in the original modernist ideology that form and function are intertwined in design. Style and substance are not mutually exclusive, and Inhabitat is here to prove it. ”Design will save the world.”
GreenBuild – Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. Thousands of building professionals from all over the world come together at Greenbuild for three days of outstanding educational sessions, renowned speakers, green building tours, special seminars, and networking events.
GreenSource – GreenSource is a magazine on sustainable design, which dives into the latest technologies, innovations, and implementations of green design and construction.
Jetson Green – Jetson Green is a design-oriented site for sustainable homes, natural materials, and green technology. This is a cutting-edge resource for owners, renters, designers, builders, entrepreneurs, and developers of sustainable homes. They publish case studies, product profiles, book reviews, news updates, and opinion articles — expect about 8-10 articles a week on the newest, freshest, and most unique topics. Jetson Green has recently been pushing a lot of content on Green Building Materials, Prefab Construction, and Passive Haus.
CoStar News – Each week, CoStar’s national news team of commercial real estate reporters researches the latest deals and breaking news on major leases, building sales, new construction and deliveries, new hires and promotions — important changes from your market, and sends them directly to you.
GlobeSt. – GlobeSt.com provides in-depth and breaking commercial real estate news around the clock in major and secondary markets throughout the country. In doing so, GlobeSt.com has become the premier destination for original and timely real estate related content on the Internet. The depth and breadth of GlobeSt.com’s local and regional focus provide a competitive advantage for industry participants (brokers, developers, lenders, managers, corporate executives and financiers) and to make the global, multi-trillion-dollar real estate market more efficient.
The Source – Metro’s newest creation, The Source as a way to better explain and illuminate what’s happening at Metro and to do so in a way that isn’t boring. The Source discussing policy and planning in Los Angeles — i.e. projects that the agency is building, preparing to build and is dreaming of building.
Eater LA – Eater is the source for people who care about dining and drinking in the nation’s most important food cities. A favorite of industry pros and amateurs alike, Eater has an uncanny knack for finding out what’s opening where, who’s serving what, and how it’s all going down. With sister Curbed LA and Racked LA, Eater is a great real estate tool for those in the restaurant/hospitality industry.
Brigham Yen – One of the most popular Downtown Los Angeles bloggers. He speaks loudly through his blog voicing his support for expanding mass transit and smart growth throughout Los Angeles. If anyone has the inside scope of what is happening Downtown, it is him.
LA Weekly – Since 1978, LA Weekly has been decoding Los Angeles for its readers, infiltrating its subcultures, observing and analyzing its shifting rhythms, digging up its unreported stories and confronting the city’s political leaders. From the beginning, the paper has found success by drawing in readers with comprehensive calendar listings and cultural coverage, and then keeping those readers loyal with bold news and political coverage and in-depth feature stories by some of the country’s finest writers.
LA Streetsblog – Since 2006, Streetsblog has covered the movement to transform our cities by reducing dependence on private automobiles and improving conditions for pedestrians, cyclists, and transit riders. They have broken important stories about transit funding, pedestrian safety, and bicycle policy from day one. Their writing makes arcane topics like parking prices and induced traffic accessible to a broad audience.
Treehugger – TreeHugger is the leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream. Partial to a modern aesthetic, we strive to be a one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information. We publish an up to the minute blog, weekly and daily newsletters, twice-monthly radio interviews, and regularly updated Twitter and Facebook pages.
Modative – Los Angeles based modern architecture firm that takes on all types of projects from the smallest of homes to the largest of commercial projects. These guys are a great outfit and are the leading experts on the Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance in City of Los Angeles. Their website is an outstanding resource with many tools for the LA-based real estate developer.
Los Angeles Times – The Los Angeles Times Media Group (LATMG) businesses and affiliates include the Los Angeles Times, The Envelope, Times Community News, LA, Los Angeles Times Magazine and Hoy Los Angeles and reaches approximately 5.1 million or 38% of all adults in the Southern California marketplace. LATMG also owns and operates California Community.
The Architects Newspaper – Serves up news and inside reports to a niche community of architects, designers, engineers, landscape architects, lighting designers, interior designers, academics, developers, contractors, and other parties interested in the built urban environment. The Architect’s Newspaper delivers quality news and cultural reporting through print, web, blog, newsletter, or twitter—all the news you want, in all the ways you want to get it.
LoopNet – Search listings, research properties, and list availabilities with LoopNet, the most comprehensive resource for commercial real estate online. The go-to site for developers to find listings, sales and comp data on vacant land, residential income, commercial/business, distressed, and foreclosed properties.
Redfin – Redfin is a company of real estate agents and software engineers working together to reinvent real estate in your favor. They do it all, from touring properties and hosting open houses, to writing contracts and negotiating deals. Great database, specifically in Southern California, for residential property.
CicLAvia – Ciclovías started in Bogotá, Colombia, over thirty years ago as a response to the congestion and pollution of city streets. Now they happen throughout Latin America and the United States. Connecting communities and giving people a break from the stress of car traffic. The health benefits are immense. With four hugely successful CicLAvias (10/10/10, 04/10/11, 10/09/11 and 04/15/2012) under our belt, CicLAvia typically closes approximately 10 miles of streets to become car-free for the day.
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