Winner of the Tenth Annual Robert Bruss Real Estate Book Competition

The Tenth Annual Robert Bruss Real Estate Book Competition seeks to recognize excellence in books published in 2016 covering the broad field of real estate. 

Author Hugh F. Kelly won the first place Gold Award in the Bruss competition for his book, 24-Hour Cities: Real Investment Performance, Not Just Promises. NAREE’s judges commented that this “highly readable” book is “fascinating for anyone who loves cities and wants to understand them.” One judge commented “Kelly has the ability — like an artist who under paints cheekbones to begin a portrait — to convey underlying factors which affect local economies.”

24 Hour Cities is the very first full length book about America’s cities that never sleep. Over the last fifty years, the nation’s top live-work-play cities have proven themselves more than just vibrant urban environments for the elite. Yet, just a generation ago, cities like New York, Boston, Washington, San Francisco, and Miami were broke (financially and physically), scarred by violence, and prime examples of urban dysfunction. How did the turnaround happen? Hugh Kelly’s cross-disciplinary research identifies the ingredients of success, and the recipe that puts them together. Read more...

"24-Hour Cities is a must-read for real estate professionals, economic and community developers, city leaders and urbanites of all stripes. More than that, it’s an engrossing read for anyone who is captivated by the speed, energy, and extravagant adaptability of the new age of 24-hour urbanity."

- Richard Florida, author of the best-selling The Rise of the Creative Class.

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About the Author

Hugh F. Kelly is a Clinical Professor of Real Estate at the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate. He served as the 2014 Chair of the Board for the Counselors of Real Estate organization, and heads his own consultancy practice. He frequently speaks at international academic and industry conferences.