Results for ‘Building Adaptive’ category

Why rents in Highland Park are rising so quickly

Obviously there is a bunch of controversy around the renovation of apartment buildings in Highland Park (“HLP”) by our company and others. So far, the reporting on this topic has focused on the human aspect without really getting into the root economic / political issues driving gentrification in HLP. To understand why rents are rising fast

Some thoughts on rents going up in Highland Park

The last few weeks have seen a ton of interest / debate / protest about the rapid gentrification of Highland Park. We have been receiving media inquiries and I thought I’d take the time to share my thoughts here. We have learned a lot, both from our day-to-day business and also the reaction to our agent’s bike

The gestation of an idea

I spend a lot of my time kind of aimlessly drifting. It’s pretty weird that I do this; I think most business people are much more focused than I am on a day-to-day basis. What I do is read a whole bunch of stuff and talk to people. I’m not necessarily specifically looking for an

Ballpark returns

Had an interesting conversation today with a guy looking at building condos / small lot. One of the questions he had was what kind of returns a developer can expect. I’m far from an expert on ground up, but I’ve run the numbers on a lot of projects. Right now, here’s where I think you

Concentration vs. diversification

One of the interesting issues with managing other people’s money is having to decide how exactly to allocate that money among projects. At any given fund size, you need to decide whether you should do a small number of big deals or a large number of small deals. All the theory points toward diversifying. After

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