OverviewIn 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.
Author BiographyColin Galloway is a Hong Kong–based journalist and photojournalist who has covered China and Asia for publications throughout the world for more than a decade. His work appears regularly in a wide range of publications, including Businessweek, Der Spiegel, the Guardian, the London Times, Wired, and others. Rachel MacCleery is senior vice president for content at the Urban Land Institute where she leads the Infrastructure Initiative, as well as the Building Healthy Places Initiative. She is a frequent speaker and writer on infrastructure topics. Sara Hammerschmidt is an associate at the Urban Land Institute, supporting the Building Healthy Places Initiative and the Infrastructure Initiative. Sara holds a master’s degree in community and regional planning from the University of Texas and is currently a PhD candidate researching how planning departments throughout the country are incorporating public health considerations into their work.