Congratulations to Tony Cho, founder of Metro 1 Properties, who was recently named ULI South Florida/Caribbean Young Leader of the Year. Metro 1 is a full-service real estate brokerage and investment company that began with a focus on small, adaptable urban buildings and aligned itself with green and sustainable initiatives. I think Tony earned his award by taking a risk on sustainable urbanism when very few Miami real estate companies would.
From the other side of the world, I received a comment from readers at Village in the City, a real estate investment and development company "dedicated to producing an alternative to condo life in Bangkok: affordable modern living in an urban environment". In other words, I think they buy shophouses, fix them up, and rent them. Like Metro 1, they seem to be gaining a foothold in the industry by focusing on what others overlook: small, adaptable urban buildings. And thus concludes Shophouse Week!