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Casino Architecture Wars: A History Of How Las Vegas Developers Compete With Architectural Design, Stefan Al Oct 2014

Casino Architecture Wars: A History Of How Las Vegas Developers Compete With Architectural Design, Stefan Al

Occasional Papers

This paper explores how Las Vegas casino devel opers have competed with architectural design. Throughout history, they emphasized different elements of the casino complex. This paper will examine three of the most heated wars that occurred between casinos over such elements: the swimming pool wars of the 1950s, the sign wars of the 1960s, and the porte cochère wars of the 1970s. This paper argues how, in the face of competition, each of these elements evolved into truly unique forms that differed greatly from other places. In its relentless pursuit to attract visitors, Las Vegas lay on the forefront of ...


2014 Housing Affordability Survey Results: Polk County, Ia, Jane M. Rongerude, Eric Christianson Jun 2014

2014 Housing Affordability Survey Results: Polk County, Ia, Jane M. Rongerude, Eric Christianson

Resilient Neighborhoods Technical Reports and White Papers

This report provides a snapshot of housing affordability and housing conditions in Polk County, Iowa in 2014. The data in this report are based on a randomized, county-‐‐wide survey that was delivered via mail to 3,697 households in Polk County in 2013 and 2014. We received a total of 531 survey responses, giving us a maximum confidence interval of (±4.27) with 95% confidence.

The primary purpose of the survey was to create a baseline measurement of housing affordability in Polk County. The survey instrument for this study consisted of 19 questions that covered basic demographics, housing costs ...


A Study Of The Rental Housing Demand In Polk County, Iowa, Biswa Das Jun 2014

A Study Of The Rental Housing Demand In Polk County, Iowa, Biswa Das

Resilient Neighborhoods Technical Reports and White Papers

Understanding the demand for housing is complex and requires a multidisciplinary understanding and conceptual framework to fully grasp the factors that drive home consumer behavior. Based on the choices individuals and households make about housing, it not only impacts and in many ways defines them, but it also has social and fiscal implications for society at large. Availability of adequate and affordable housing, to own and rent, not only impact the quality of life in a community but also provides a distinct identity to the place. Further, lack of housing not only makes a community less attractive, it also limits ...


A Model To Calculate The Supply Of Affordable Housing In Polk County, Jiangping Zhou, Matthew M. Brooks May 2014

A Model To Calculate The Supply Of Affordable Housing In Polk County, Jiangping Zhou, Matthew M. Brooks

Resilient Neighborhoods Technical Reports and White Papers

This report provides an estimate of the existing affordable housing supply in Polk County at this moment in time using the best available secondary data. This paper ultimately used the traditional measurement of housing affordability: households spending no more that 30% of their income on rent and housing-related costs. However, the study did consider using both the Residual Income approach proposed my Michael Stone and the transportation + housing Index development by the Center for Neighborhood Technology.


Exploring The Neighborhood Preferences Of A Segment Of Millennials In Omaha, Nebraska, Aaron Kloke Apr 2014

Exploring The Neighborhood Preferences Of A Segment Of Millennials In Omaha, Nebraska, Aaron Kloke

Community and Regional Planning Program: Professional Projects

In 2010, Millennials, or those between 18 and 34, surpassed the Baby Boomers in population size. Today, Millennials, also known as Generation Y, make up over 25 percent of the United States’ population. In Omaha, they make up 26.9 percent of the population. The next largest generation in Omaha, the Baby Boomers, make for 19.2 percent of the population. Clearly, this emerging demographic has the ability to change the way we create and design our built environment if it so chooses.

To review how this generation may choose to change the way we design our future neighborhoods, national ...


Scholar Week, Janna Mclean Apr 2014

Scholar Week, Janna Mclean

Scholar Week Archives (2011-2015)

ONU's Scholar Week #4.


Issue Brief: Asset Management For Stormwater, New England Environmental Finance Center, Sustainable Communities Learning Network Apr 2014

Issue Brief: Asset Management For Stormwater, New England Environmental Finance Center, Sustainable Communities Learning Network

Sustainable Communities Capacity Building

Asset management is a strategic approach to maintaining and sustaining infrastructure in order to meet the needs of the community at the lowest overall life cycle cost. This approach helps communities know how and where to prioritize limited funds in order to achieve the greatest benefit. Often applied to drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, this method is well suited to managing any assets, including stormwater systems.

This issue brief is intended to introduce local governments to the asset management process and to show how it can be applied in managing stormwater assets. It was adapted from an appendix written by ...


Signaling Eco-Certification: Implications For Service Coproduction And Resource Efficiency, Jie J. Zhang, Nitin Joglekar, Rohit Verma Jan 2014

Signaling Eco-Certification: Implications For Service Coproduction And Resource Efficiency, Jie J. Zhang, Nitin Joglekar, Rohit Verma

Articles and Chapters

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to use an eco-friendly service concept framework to demonstrate the effect of credible eco-certification signaling.

Design/methodology/approach – The authors examine a cross-sectional data set consisting of 2,481 hotel sites across the US. The authors measure the performance of the operations component of eco-friendly service by operations-driven resource efficiency (ODF), and the performance of the marketing component by customer-driven resource efficiency (CDF). A series of multivariate regressions compare these two resource efficiency measures between credibly eco-certified hotel sites and others.

Findings – The results indicate that credible eco-certifications achieve the signaling effect. Eco-certified ...


Words Worth Price And Value, Tom Dunne Jan 2014

Words Worth Price And Value, Tom Dunne

Articles

TOM DUNNE explains the terms used in relation to the valuation of property, and the need for common understanding among all parties using those terms. -


The Identification Of Key Economic And Property Variables That Impact On Prime Office Rents: A Study Of Seven European Cities, Aoife Reilly Jan 2014

The Identification Of Key Economic And Property Variables That Impact On Prime Office Rents: A Study Of Seven European Cities, Aoife Reilly

Other Resources

The aim of this dissertation is to identify and assess the impact of macroeconomic and property variables on prime office rental levels. Data from seven diverse European cities was gathered from 2000 to 2014 and statistical analysis using econometric modelling was undertaken. The results unveil a number of relationships between the explanatory variables and prime office rents. In particular, the results highlight movements in the office vacancy rate and GDP as important variables impacting change in prime office rental levels while employment, interest rates and inflation play a less significant role. Results indicate that econometric modelling has a role to ...