Research & Reports

ULI publications related to infrastructure:



Harvesting the Value of Water, 2017.

This report explores the real estate sector’s increased participation in stormwater management through the incorporation of green infrastructure. It details how cities in the United States are dramatically revising their stormwater management regulations and requiring participation from the private sector.



The Transportation Revolution: The Impact of Ride-Hailing and Driverless Vehicles on Real Estate, 2017.

This report addresses the impact of transportation changes on the real estate industry. The findings suggest that vehicle ownership and parking demand will plunge and that urban and suburban dynamics could be altered by easier commutes. Industries such as self-storage, billboards, and low-quality retail could be negatively affected, the report states, while high-quality retail could be a winner by converting existing parking into new commercial or residential space.


Active Transportation and Real Estate, 2016.

This report, which grows out of the ULI Building Healthy Places Initiative, will explore the interconnections between human-powered transportation (i.e. walking and bicycling) and real estate. Does active transportation create real estate value? Is “trail-oriented development the new “TOD”? This report will explore how investments in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure are generating economic development and increased real estate value. It will describe what innovative developers and communities are doing to support walking and biking and it will provide case studies of how bike/ped infrastructure is stimulating adjacent development. It will also explore market demand and highlight best practices and innovations in active transportation.


Returns on Resilience, 2015.

ULI’s Center for Sustainability and members of ULI’s Responsible Property Investment Council undertook this report to identify real estate projects designed to perform well in the face of climate-related threats and to illuminate ways in which investments in resilience strategies provide financial and other returns.This report includes ten detailed case studies based on interviews with developers and property owners and examines their moves to protect sites against climate-related threats, their resilience strategies, their design and development processes, and their projects’ performance. Included is one example of a solution that goes beyond the building scale to leverage collaboration on resilience efforts between the public and private sectors.


Infrastructure: Shaping the Competitive City, 2014.

In a global marketplace, how do real estate developers and investors who could put their money nearly anywhere think about infrastructure? And how do city leaders use infrastructure to position their cities—relative to other cities regionally, nationally, and internationally—for real estate investment and economic development? This report, based on a survey conducted in January 2014 of real estate and public leaders from around the world, explores the role that infrastructure plays in shaping the future of cities and metropolitan areas. To read the full report click here.


Infrastructure: Global Priorities, Global Insights, 2013.

This report, the seventh in the series of global infrastructure reports produced by ULI and Ernst & Young, assesses the state of infrastructure globally, connecting strong infrastructure investment decisions to national and metropolitan prosperity. To read the full report click here.



Infrastructure: Spotlight on Leadership, 2012.

This report focuses on infrastructure leadership in the new economy. It includes case studies documenting strategies employed by innovative metropolitan regions across the country to fund infrastructure and transit investments in an era of tight budgets. Infrastructure leaders are using new technology, pricing, regional cooperation, and new models of public/private cooperation to move infrastructure projects forward. To read the full report click here.


Infrastructure: A Strategic Priority, 2011.

This report highlights infrastructure activity across six continents, with a special focus on major U.S. metropolitan markets and the impacts of natural disasters abroad. It emphasizes the challenge faced by many urban areas trying to provide adequate transportation and other infrastructure services for their residents, workers, and businesses. The report identifies the most promising solution to the nation’s infrastructure shortfalls as the expansion of public/private partnerships. To read the full report click here.


Infrastructure: Investment Imperative, 2010. 

This report warns that further delay in U.S. infrastructure development risks impeding sustained economic recovery and means losing additional ground to countries in Asia and the European Union. It affirms that despite coping with recessionary fallout, national governments can front-load stimulus spending on national and regional infrastructure initiatives already underway—expanding high-speed rail networks, and expediting energy and water projects. The report also identifies water availability and quality as an immediate priority. To read the full report click here.


Infrastructure: Pivot Point, 2009. 

This report expresses the concern that short-term stimulus funding for various road, transit, rail, and water projects offers no substitute for a concerted long-range U.S. effort to maintain national prosperity in a rapidly evolving and more competitive global marketplace. The report recommends a total revamping of how the United States plans, funds, and implements infrastructure programs, laying out four guidelines to lead the country in a new direction: set a national strategy, plan holistically, revamp government, and change funding approaches. To read the full report click here.


Transportation for a New Era, 2009.

This report identifies recommendations intended to guide transportation policy and programs at the federal level. By refocusing the federal program, making the reforms we need, and facilitating the participation of the private sector, transportation policy can set the stage for a brighter future for all Americans.



Infrastructure: A Competitive Advantage, 2008. 

This report provides a snapshot of current and planned infrastructure investment in a variety of categories across the globe, with an in-depth look at the United States, China, Japan, India, and Europe. It also touches on the infrastructure needs in several of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas, highlighting the consequences of inadequate federal policy and guidelines that have resulted in “a mishmash of disconnected regional infrastructure management approaches.” To read the full report click here.


Infrastructure: A Global Perspective, 2007. 

This report, the first ULI/Ernst & Young infrastructure report, discusses the evolving infrastructure market, including private and combination public/private systems for funding, construction, and operations and management. It calls for long-term solutions that rethink land planning models so they are less automobile dependent and offer plenty of options for getting from one place to another. To read the full report click here.




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Paul Angelone 
Senior Director, Curtis Infrastructure Initiative