Students vie in real estate competition
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Move over, Harvard and Yale. A team pulled from an unusual collaboration of three regional universities is vying for a $ 50,000 prize in a premier national real estate competition sponsored by the Urban Land Institute.

The five graduate students from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas State University and the University of Kansas are among four teams picked as finalists in the annual ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition.

The other finalists are from Harvard University, Yale University and a joint team from Ball State University and Purdue University.

They emerged from 158 teams representing 70 universities across the United States and Canada competing to come up with a creative redevelopment proposal for an area of Minneapolis called Downtown East.

Robert Krueger, a spokesman for the Washington-based Urban Land Institute, said it’s unusual for schools from this part of the country to make the final cut.

“Most of the finalists are usually from the East Coast or the University of California at Berkeley or the University of Michigan,” Krueger said Thursday. “This is only the second time in my six years I’ve seen a team from the Midwest, and it’s unusual also with three schools being represented on it.”

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