In an industry racked with scandals and financial challenges, Alaska Airlines has grown steadily and successfully for 85 years. As part of ULI’s tradition of inviting a chief executive officer from outside the real estate industry to each Spring Meeting, Alaska Airlines CEO Bradley Tilden took part in a “fireside chat.”“While the rest of the industry grows at more or less the rate of GDP [gross domestic product], we have grown much faster over the last 20 years,” Tilden said. “It’s hard to believe we started 85 years ago flying three-seat planes out of Anchorage.”
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Contrary to some predictions, e-commerce has not made brick-and-mortar retail a thing of the past. Instead, as attendees at a ULI Spring Meeting session learned, shopping and dining are making critical contributions to activating urban spaces and helping shopping centers continuously evolve. Retail center owner/operator Westfield has actually acquired an off-Broadway theater company to enliven the shopping experience, while Nordstrom excites customers with pop-ups featuring everything from Hermes to Kylie Jenner. Learn more from Leslie Braunstein’s article in Urban Land magazine.