The ULI Building Healthy Places Initiative (BHP) works to engage, inform, and inspire ULI members and partners to do more to advance health.
ULI Expands Healthy Corridors Project to Four New Corridors
The ULI Healthy Corridors project is exploring strategies for transforming commercial corridors into places that support the health of the people who live, work, and travel along them. After a productive two-year exploration process with four corridors—located in Boise, Denver, Los Angeles, and Nashville—the Building Healthy Places Initiative is excited to expand the project to four new communities. The four new corridors, and the ULI district councils that will lead the activities along them, are:
- South Broadway in Englewood, Colorado—ULI Colorado
- Rice and Larpenteur Gateway in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota—ULI Minnesota
- Highway 71B in Fayetteville, Arkansas—ULI Northwest Arkansas
- Grays Ferry Corridor in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania—ULI Philadelphia
ULI Launches Effort to Explore Social Equity
ULI has engaged Calvin Gladney through his firm Mosaic Urban Partners LLC to serve as ULI senior visiting fellow for equity. Gladney will help the Institute reflect on how it thinks about equity and advise on opportunities to integrate social, economic, and health equity considerations into ULI’s convenings, communications, and content.
To learn more about the project, click here.
ULI Welcomes New Leaders
ULI is welcoming new leaders in key staff positions. Ralph Boyd will serve as the new chief executive officer for the Americas, joining the executive team in July. Billy Grayson is the new executive director for the Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance, of which the Building Healthy Places Initiative is now part. The center reaffirmed ULI’s commitment to sustainable development in a recent statement. Welcome to the team, Ralph and Billy!
Salzburg Statement Supports Children’s Right to Nature and Parks
A recent statement from the Salzburg Global Seminar calls on leaders to ensure that all children enjoy the right to safe, free play in a nature-rich space within a ten-minute walk of home. The statement summarizes sentiments from global experts—including Rachel MacCleery, ULI senior vice president of content—who gathered in March in Salzburg, Austria.
“The Salzburg Statement on the Child in the City: Health, Parks, and Play” contains eight actions that can transform cities for children. Among them:
- Ensure that children of all ages, backgrounds, income, and abilities have equitable access to nature and play regularly and in meaningful ways to promote good health and well-being.
- Build curiosity, wonder, and care for nature in children (for example by greening school grounds and involving children with community gardens).
- Protect natural features across cityscapes and create an equitably distributed network of accessible green and nature-rich spaces that all generations can reach on foot.
To learn more, click here.
New from Urban Land
- World Economic Forum Sees the Future of Global Cities in Inclusivity, Mindfulness, and Sharing—Grace Dobush
- CEO Perspective: On Sustainability—Patrick L. Phillips
- Craft Breweries Bring Placemaking and Economic Development to St. Louis Neighborhoods—Steve Houston
- Curating Stronger Community through Intentional Placemaking—Leslie Braunstein
- Solar Array Yields Environmental and Economic Rewards—Will Macht
- Bicycling Infrastructure Means Business, Spurs Property Values—Edward T. McMahon
What We’re Reading
- Envisioning Nature-Rich Cities – CityLab
- A Focus on Health to Resolve Urban Ills—New York Times
- BHP Local Spotlight: Cycling in Houston—ULI Houston
- Healthy Housing Awards—Fannie Mae
- New York’s Citi Bike Had Its First Fatal Crash—City Lab
- Does Innovation Equal Gentrification?—City Lab
- Tons of American Cities Are Opening New Food Halls This Year—Thrillist
- ‘Where Do You Live?’—Politico