Tim Blackwell

Contributing Editor, Property Management Insider
President, Ballpark Impressions, LLC

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Tim Blackwell is a long-time publishing and printing executive in the Dallas/Fort Worth area who writes about the multifamily housing and transportation industries. He has contributed numerous articles to Property Management Insider, and worked as a newspaper reporter in the D/FW area. Blackwell is president of Ballpark Impressions, and publishes the Cowcatcher Magazine. He is a member of the Fort Worth Chapter/Society of Professional Journalists.

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Amenities that Drive Student Housing

Student housing design centers around social, educational experiences Far away from yesterday’s frat house lifestyle, student housing settings are designed to enhance not only the social but also the educational experiences on college campuses. The blueprints for living and communal spaces in towering habitats emphasize individual and collaborative learning to supplement the higher education experience.[]

No Train No Gain: Why Your Staff Needs Training

Multifamily housing employees want more training. At least that’s what a recent Pew Research Center survey about the American workforce and changing job market suggests. The U.S. employment landscape has morphed from hands-on tools to fingers on keyboards. Over the last 35 years, workers are rethinking the skills they have and what they will need[]

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Transportation Revolution and Impact on Real Estate

Multifamily communities with spacious surface parking lots may be sitting on a gold mine if the new transportation revolution shifts into high gear as some expect. The combination of ride-handling and autonomous cars that is taking transportation by storm suggests that fewer vehicles will need urban and suburban parking spaces in the near future, analysts[]

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7 Fire Safety Tips for Senior Residents

Is Fire Safety Important in Senior Living Community Management? Older Americans are a strong demographic in multifamily and senior living growth, but those 65 and older are particularly fragile when it comes to fire risk. With the holiday season upon us, properties that specialize in senior housing or have a large base of older renters may[]

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Creating a New Perspective on Senior Living Communities

Senior Living communities host events to cultivate intergenerational friendships  Seniors and children, two groups that typically interact infrequently, have much to be learned from one another. Research has proven that the health of seniors improves when they spend time with children. According to a study from University of California San Francisco, isolated elders had a 59 percent[]

Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth Top ULI List for Real Estate Development

The city built by J.R. offered some good ole Lone Star hospitality for the Urban Land Institute Fall Meeting in October, but it’s no coincidence that Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin got some top billing. The cities capped the Top 10 list of markets for real estate development and investment at ULI’s 38th edition of the[]

mulitfamily technology

NMHC OpTech to Cast Texas-Sized Look at Multifamily Technology

A fall multifamily technology ritual will saddle up with thought-provoking content, high-level networking and a trade show featuring more than 100 of the industry’s top suppliers – with a little blue jeans and salsa. Rachel Botsman, known around the world for her visionary thinking on how the power of collaboration and trust enabled technologies will[]

smart home technology

Where is Smart Home Technology Really Going?

Don’t laugh, but I’m still working from an iPhone 4. By today’s technology calendar, I’m light years away from being up to date. At a recent conference, a young colleague laughed and said he didn’t know anybody who still had one. A search on Apple’s website for anything iPhone 4 yields no results. While it’s[]

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Integrating a Hospitality Approach into Apartment Living

Imagine soaking in the flicker of a fire pit surrounded by deep blue water in a shallow pool. Your perch is on a plump, elegant lounge in a pergola-covered patio just a few feet away. The flames dance atop the rippling cool water as the sun dips behind the horizon on this warm summer evening.[]

How Properties Can Stay a Step Ahead of Accessibility Compliance

How Properties Can Stay a Step Ahead of Accessibility Compliance

What an apartment owner or manager doesn’t know about accessibility compliance can literally be costly. Properties that are non-compliant to provisions of the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 and American’s With Disabilities Act of 1990 subject themselves to millions of dollars in damages. Most often, violators could prevent such exposure if only they’d fully understood[]

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