May 16
2017

May 16, 2017

Jumping the Markets Boom Bust S-Curve

As a country, the United States is arguably the most economically successful and powerful in the history of modern man. We have survived and flourished, adapting into the world’s largest economy. However, despite our success, our economy continues to experience massive ups and downs. In this blog, I propose a theory that, unlike past boom-bust cycles, this boom may be different: our country—as in prior eras of the silver age, transportation/industrial revolution, the communications/internet revolution—is once again on the precipice…

Posted in Business, Economics, Politics | and

Mar 7
2017

March 7, 2017

Parks Catalyze Economic Growth

The success of many global cities can be traced directly to the quality of their public spaces and parks.  Urban parks are among the most noteworthy and visited attractions of any major city— think Central Park in New York City, Millennium Park in Chicago or Hyde Park in London—and serve important social, public-health and environmental functions for their urban populations. Consider these examples: Urban parks tend to decrease crime.  A prime example of the positive impact of urban park can…

Posted in Business, Economics, Real Estate | and

Sep 21
2016

September 21, 2016

Ride Sharing, Autonomous Vehicles and the predictable crash of the Consumer Car industry

Within the past year, mobile car services like Uber and Lyft have threatened to eclipse limousines and taxis as the transportation option of choice to and from DFW International Airport. Together Uber and Lyft tallied 107,437 rides to and from DFW airport this past January, compared to 68,871 taxicab rides and 47,188 limousine rides. Uber and Lyft show no signs of slowing down as, within the past six months, their collective share of the airport market increased from 1/6 to…

Posted in Business, Economics, Technology | and

Aug 5
2016

August 5, 2016

Millennials and the Trend Towards Rapid Urbanization

It is no secret that “Millennials,” defined in 2015 as adults aged between 18 and 34, are in the process of reshaping the social, political, and urban landscape of the United States. Recent studies by the Pew Research Center indicate that Millennials now comprise a majority of the US labor force at 53.5% and—with a population of 75.4 million—represent the largest American generation. Millennials are frequently depicted as entitled.  In fact, CNBC has called them “lazy, narcissistic, and addicted to…

Posted in Business, Real Estate |

Jun 6
2016

June 6, 2016

The Art of Social Media in Presidential Politics

In my blog dated March 20, 2015, “The Importance of a Digital Persona,” I discussed in detail that, as we continue to progress as a digital, socially-connected world, one’s relevance will be perceived by their digital persona. This truism is now being played out within our political election process in the 2016 U.S. presidential race. Since 2012, Donald Trump has been planning and refining his “Art of Social Media.” I would contest that it’s not only Donald Trump who has…

Posted in Business, Politics, Social Media |

May 10
2016

May 10, 2016

Protecting the Downside

Although I consider myself an optimist, I know better than to assume that failure is avoidable. The fact is that failure is simply inevitable in certain situations, and I am constantly practicing and refining my ability to deal with failure. “One must continuously see and strive for the upside while protecting the downside” – Scott N. Beck— I would like to reflect on protecting the downside through the lenses of real estate, world economics, politics and life lessons. Real Estate…

Posted in Business, Global Business, Real Estate |

Apr 6
2016

April 6, 2016

Links Between the Increased Global Standard of Living, Technology and Education

I always have considered myself a glass half-full type of person, a person who does not accept the status quo or simply think outside the box, but, rather, I tend to create my own box.  Lately, I have begun to ponder what external forces exist in 2016 that have enabled me to be so optimistic about our collective futures. Global Prosperity Let’s start with the average standard of living: it is higher now than it ever has been at any point,…

Posted in Business, Global Business |

Jun 1
2015

June 1, 2015

The Cure for Cancer

Last month, I watched a CBS 60 Minutes episode that caught my attention. The show was part of their series on the war on cancer this time highlighting the latest weapon of interest: a modified poliovirus that targets a particular type of brain tumor, the always fatal glioblastoma. This episode immediately caught my attention as some dear friends of mine just lost their father to this exact type of cancer. Whereas other methods of cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation…

Posted in Medical |

Mar 20
2015

March 20, 2015

The Importance of a Digital Persona

Today, simply having a website just isn’t enough. Your digital storefront and your online reputation extend beyond the pixelated confines of your corporate domain to the social networks of Facebook, Twitter, Linked in, Pintrest, and Instagram. These, and others like them, constitute what are commonly referred to as “social media networks.” Your presence (or lack thereof) on these networks collectively forms your digital persona, your personal “state department,” if you will, an online cadre of ambassadors that represent you in…

Posted in Business, Real Estate |

Jul 28
2014

July 28, 2014

Creating Place and Building Community

Place is not just buildings, it’s people and people are at the heart of creating place.  People deserve special buildings to celebrate their community so it’s important to remember place is not simply about the buildings it’s the science of building community.  A basic human need is socialization with other people. Buildings such as community centers seek to join people together while places like art galleries exist to further celebrate community while simultaneously providing the community with freedom of expression….

Posted in Real Estate |