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condensed consolidated balance sheets Reconciliation of Assets from Segment to Consolidated [Table Text Block] OTHER ASSETS AND LIABILITIES OTHER ASSETS AND LIABILITIES Other Assets and Liabilities [Text Block] Entire disclosure of other assets and other liabilities of the entity. DERIVATIVE INSTRUMENTS AND HEDGING ACTIVITIES Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities Disclosure [Text Block] Stockholders' Equity Note [Abstract] Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss) [Table] Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss) [Table] Equity Components [Axis] Equity Components [Axis] Equity Component [Domain] Equity Component [Domain] Total AOCI Attributable to Parent [Member] Gain reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive loss to net income Accumulated Gain (Loss), Net, Cash Flow Hedge, Parent [Member] Terminated swap amortization Accumulated Gain (Loss), Net, Interest Rate Swap, Parent [Member] Accumulated Gain (Loss), Net, Interest Rate Swap, Parent [Member] Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss) [Line Items] Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss) [Line Items] AOCI Attributable to Parent, Net of Tax [Roll Forward] AOCI Attributable to Parent, Net of Tax [Roll Forward] Balance at the beginning of the period Stockholders' Equity, 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Wacker, a property owned by the entity. Segments [Axis] Segments [Axis] Segments [Domain] Segments [Domain] Seaport District revenues Seaport District [Member] Seaport District [Member] Operating Assets Operating Assets Segment [Member] Represents the Operating Assets, a reportable segment of the entity. It includes commercial, mixed use and retail properties currently generating revenues. 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Legal Entity [Axis] Legal Entity [Axis] Entity [Domain] Entity [Domain] Momofuku Momofuku [Member] Momofuku [Member] Real Estate and Other Affiliates Investments in and Advances to Affiliates [Line Items] Investment in real estate and other affiliates Investments in and Advance to Affiliates, Subsidiaries, Associates, and Joint Ventures Secured debt real estate affiliates Secured Debt Real Estate Affiliates Real Estate Affiliates carrying value as of the balance sheet date, including the current and noncurrent portions, of collateralized debt obligations (with maturities initially due after one year or beyond the operating cycle, if longer). Such obligations include mortgage loans, chattel loans, and any other borrowings secured by assets of the borrower. Share of entity in secured debt Share of Entity in Secured Debt Represents the reporting entity's proportionate share in indebtedness secured by the properties owned by real estate affiliates as on balance sheet date. Recourse percentage Debt Instrument, Recourse Percentage Represents the percentage of recourse related to debt instrument. Facility amount Line of Credit Facility, Maximum Borrowing Capacity Carrying values of the assets associated with the operations of the consolidated VIEs Assets Carrying values of the liabilities associated with the operations of the consolidated VIEs Liabilities Contribution of property Contribution of Property Fair value of property contributed Contribution Of Property, Fair Value Contribution Of Property, Fair Value Capital contribution to joint venture Capital Contribution to Joint Venture Capital contributed to joint venture to purchase a property. Joint venture capital obligations Capital Contributions, Joint Venture Capital Obligations Joint Venture Capital Obligations Equity ownership in joint venture Joint Venture Agreement, Equity Ownership Percentage Joint Venture Agreement, Equity Ownership Percentage Preferred return on capital Joint Venture, Preferred Return On Capital Joint Venture, Preferred Return On Capital Preferred return on capital of cash distribution Joint Venture, Preferred Return On Capital, Percent Of Cash Distributions Joint Venture, Preferred Return On Capital, Percent Of Cash Distributions Ownership interest Joint Venture Real Estate, Ownership Percentage Joint Venture Real Estate, Ownership Percentage SID bonds transferred to joint venture SID Bonds Transferred to Joint Venture Amount of SID bonds transferred to a Joint Venture. Transaction value of land contributed to joint venture Transaction Value Of The Land Contributed To Joint Venture Represents the amount of transaction value of land contributed to joint venture. Transactional value per acre of land contributed to joint venture Transactional Value Per Acre Of Land Contributed To Joint Venture The per acre value of the land contributed to a joint venture. Maximum contribution required to joint venture by co-venturer Maximum Contribution Required to Joint Venture by Co-Venturer Represents the maximum capital contribution required by the partner in a joint venture. Preferred return on capital Preferred Return on Capital Represents the percentage of preferred return on the capital of the entity. Cash distribution entitlement by the joint venture Cash Distribution Entitlement By The Joint Venture Represents information pertaining to entitlement of distribution by joint venture after receipt of capital contribution and preferred returns. Joint venture real estate, percentage funded Joint Venture Real Estate, Percentage Funded Joint Venture Real Estate, Percentage Funded Join venture real estate, remaining cash distribution percentage Join Venture Real Estate, Remaining Cash Distribution Percentage Join Venture Real Estate, Remaining Cash Distribution Percentage SEGMENTS Segment Reporting Disclosure [Text Block] FAIR VALUE Fair Value Disclosures [Text Block] Assets Lease Assets [Abstract] Lease Assets [Abstract] Operating lease right-of-use assets Operating Lease, Right-Of-Use Asset, Gross Operating Lease, Right-Of-Use Asset, Gross Riverwalk impairment Operating Lease, Impairment Operating Lease, Impairment Operating lease right-of-use assets Operating Lease, Right-of-Use Asset Liabilities Lease Liability [Abstract] Lease Liability [Abstract] Operating lease liabilities Statement of Comprehensive Income [Abstract] Net (loss) income Net Income (Loss), Including Portion Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest Other comprehensive loss: Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), Net of Tax [Abstract] Interest rate swaps Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), Cash Flow Hedge, Gain (Loss), after Reclassification and Tax Capitalized swap interest expense Other Comprehensive Income Loss Capitalized Swap Interest Net Of Tax Settled derivative gains and losses, net of tax, associated with hedged variable debt for which the underlying interest is capitalizable. Terminated swap amortization Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), Derivative, Terminated Swap Amortization Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), Derivative, Terminated Swap Amortization Other comprehensive loss: Other Comprehensive Income, Other, Net of Tax Comprehensive (loss) income Comprehensive Income (Loss), Net of Tax, Including Portion Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest Comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interests Comprehensive Income (Loss), Net of Tax, Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest Comprehensive (loss) income attributable to common stockholders Comprehensive Income (Loss), Net of Tax, Attributable to Parent ACCUMULATED OTHER COMPREHENSIVE LOSS Comprehensive Income (Loss) Note [Text Block] INCOME TAXES Income Tax Disclosure [Text Block] Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract] Restructuring and Related Costs Restructuring and Related Costs [Table Text Block] Accounting Policies [Abstract] Schedule of Financing Receivable, Allowance for Credit Losses [Table] Schedule of Financing Receivable, Allowance for Credit Losses [Table] Financing Receivable Portfolio Segment [Axis] Financing Receivable Portfolio Segment [Axis] Financing Receivable Portfolio Segment [Domain] Financing Receivable Portfolio Segment [Domain] MUD receivables MUD Receivables [Member] Municipal Utility District (MUD) Receivables [Member] SID receivables SID Receivables [Member] Special Improvement District (SID) Receivables [Member] TIF receivables TIF Receivables [Member] TIF Receivables [Member] Net investments in lease receivable Net Investments In Lease Receivable [Member] Net Investments In Lease Receivable [Member] Notes receivable Notes Receivable [Member] Financing Receivable, Allowance for Credit Losses [Line Items] Financing Receivable, Allowance for Credit Losses [Line Items] Collection experience Financing Receivable, Gross Schedule of Segment Reporting Information, by Segment [Table] Schedule of Segment Reporting Information, by Segment [Table] Product and Service [Axis] Product and Service [Axis] Product and Service [Domain] Product and Service [Domain] Hospitality Revenue Hospitality Revenue [Member] Hospitality Revenue [Member] Tin Building Tin Building [Member] Tin Building [Member] Consolidation Items [Axis] Consolidation Items [Axis] Consolidation Items [Domain] Consolidation Items [Domain] Operating Segments Operating Segments [Member] Corporate expenses and other items Corporate, Non-Segment [Member] Master Planned Communities Master Planned Communities Segment [Member] Represents the Master Planned Communities, a reportable segment of the entity. It includes the development and sale of land, in large-scale, long-term community development projects in and around Las Vegas, Nevada; Houston, Texas and Columbia, Maryland. Seaport District Seaport District Segment [Member] Seaport District Segment [Member] Strategic Developments Strategic Developments Segment [Member] Represents the Strategic Developments, a reportable segment of the entity. It includes all properties held for development and redevelopment, including the current rental property operations as well as one residential condominium project located in Natick (Boston), Massachusetts. Segments reporting Segment Reporting Information [Line Items] Number of reportable segments Number of Operating Segments Number of primary locations Number Of Primary Locations Number Of Primary Locations Operating locations Number Of Operating Locations Number Of Operating Locations Total revenues Revenues Total operating expenses Operating Expenses Segment operating income Operating Income (Loss) Before Other Items The net result for the period of deducting operating expenses from operating revenues but before other operating items. Depreciation and amortization Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization, Nonproduction Interest (expense) income, net Interest Income (Expense), Net Other (loss) income, net Other Operating Income (Loss) The total amount of other operating income (loss). The components are not separately disclosed on the income statement. Equity in earnings from real estate and other affiliates Income (Loss) from Equity Method Investments Gain on sale or disposal of real estate Gains (Losses) on Sales of Investment Real Estate Provision for impairment Segment EBT Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations before Income Taxes, Noncontrolling Interest Corporate income, expenses and other items Expenses And Other Expenses And Other Net (loss) income Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest Net (loss) income attributable to common stockholders Net Income (Loss) Available to Common Stockholders, Basic Debt Disclosure [Abstract] Summary of mortgages, notes and loans payable Schedule of Long-term Debt Instruments [Table Text Block] ACCOUNTING POLICIES AND PRONOUNCEMENTS New Accounting Pronouncements and Changes in Accounting Principles [Text Block] Summary of AOCI Schedule of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss) [Table Text Block] Summary of the amounts reclassified out of AOCI Reclassification out of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income [Table Text Block] Interest rate swaps, tax (benefit) expense Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), Cash Flow Hedge, Gain (Loss), after Reclassification, Tax Pension deferred tax benefit Other Comprehensive (Income) Loss, Defined Benefit Plan, after Reclassification Adjustment, Tax Other Comprehensive Income Loss Capitalized Swap Interest Tax Other Comprehensive Income Loss Capitalized Swap Interest Tax Tax effect of settled derivative gains and losses, associated with hedged variable debt for which the underlying interest is capitalizable. STOCK-BASED PLANS Disclosure of Compensation Related Costs, Share-based Payments [Text Block] Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract] Lessor, Lease, Description [Table] Lessor, Lease, Description [Table] Loss Contingency Nature [Axis] Loss Contingency Nature [Axis] Loss Contingency, Nature [Domain] Loss Contingency, Nature [Domain] Guarantee Obligations Guarantee Obligations [Member] Downtown Columbia Downtown Columbia [Member] Represents information pertaining to Downtown Columbia. 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Product liability contingency, third party recovery, percentage Guarantor Obligations, Reserved Percentage Of Residential Units Guarantor Obligations, Reserved Percentage Of Residential Units Number of open condominium towers Guarantor Obligations, Number Of Open Condominium Towers Number Of Open Condominium Towers Number of reserved housing units Guarantor Obligations, Number Of Reserved Housing Units Number Of Reserved Housing Units Amortized Cost Basis on Financing Receivables Financing Receivable, Amortized Cost [Table Text Block] Financing Receivable, Amortized Cost [Table Text Block] Allowance for Credit Losses on Financing Receivables Allowance for Credit Losses on Financing Receivables [Table Text Block] Earnings Per Share [Abstract] Summary of EPS calculations Schedule of Earnings Per Share, Basic and Diluted [Table Text Block] Trade accounts receivable Trade Accounts Receivable [Member] Financing Receivable, Allowance for Credit Losses [Roll Forward] Financing Receivable, Allowance for Credit Losses [Roll Forward] Balance at beginning of period Financing Receivable, Allowance for Credit Losses Current-period provision for expected credit losses Provision for Loan Losses Expensed Write-offs Financing Receivable, Allowance for Credit Losses, Write-downs Recoveries Financing Receivable, Allowance for Credit Losses, Recovery Balance at end of period New Accounting Policies and Pronouncements New Accounting Pronouncements, Policy [Policy Text Block] Financial Instruments - Credit Losses and Related Policy Updates Financing Receivable, Allowance for Credit Losses, Policy or Methodology Change [Policy Text Block] Statement of Financial Position [Abstract] Assets: Assets [Abstract] Investment in real estate: Real Estate Investments, Net [Abstract] Master Planned Communities assets Real Estate Investments, Other Buildings and equipment Property, Plant and Equipment, Gross Less: accumulated depreciation Real Estate Investment Property, Accumulated Depreciation Land Land Available-for-sale Developments Development in Process Net property and equipment Real Estate Investment Property, Net Investment in real estate and other affiliates Real Estate Investments, Unconsolidated Real Estate and Other Joint Ventures Net investment in real estate Real Estate Investments, Net Net investment in lease receivable Net Investment in Lease Cash and cash equivalents Cash and Cash Equivalents, at Carrying Value Restricted cash Restricted Cash Accounts receivable, net Accounts Receivable, Net, Excluding Financing Receivables, Net Accounts Receivable, Net, Excluding Financing Receivables, Net Municipal Utility District receivables, net Municipal Utility District Receivables For unclassified balance sheet, amounts due from municipal Utility district in the normal course of business includes principal and interest amounts. Notes receivable, net Financing Receivable, Net Deferred expenses, net Deferred Costs Operating lease right-of-use assets, net Prepaid expenses and other assets, net Prepaid Expense and Other Assets Total assets Liabilities: Liabilities [Abstract] Mortgages, notes and loans payable, net Notes and Loans Payable Operating lease obligations Deferred tax liabilities Deferred Income Tax Liabilities, Net Accounts payable and accrued expenses Accounts Payable and Accrued Liabilities Total liabilities Commitments and Contingencies (see Note 10) Commitments and Contingencies Equity: Stockholders' Equity, Including Portion Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest [Abstract] Preferred stock: $.01 par value; 50,000,000 shares authorized, none issued Preferred Stock, Value, Outstanding Common stock: $.01 par value; 150,000,000 shares authorized, 55,989,263 issued and 54,939,003 outstanding as of March 31, 2020, and 150,000,000 shares authorized, 43,635,893 shares issued and 42,585,633 outstanding as of December 31, 2019 Common Stock, Value, Issued Additional paid-in capital Additional Paid in Capital, Common Stock Accumulated deficit Retained Earnings (Accumulated Deficit) Accumulated other comprehensive loss Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), Net of Tax Treasury stock, at cost, 1,050,260 shares as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019 Treasury Stock, Value Total stockholders' equity Stockholders' Equity Attributable to Parent Noncontrolling interests Stockholders' Equity Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest Total equity Total liabilities and equity Liabilities and Equity Total Fair Value Measurement Real Estate Investment Property, Net, Fair Value Disclosure Real Estate Investment Property, Net, Fair Value Disclosure Total (Loss) Fair Value, by Balance Sheet Grouping [Table] Fair Value, by Balance Sheet Grouping [Table] Level 1 Level 3 Level 2 Measurement Basis [Axis] Measurement Basis [Axis] Fair Value Measurement [Domain] Fair Value Measurement [Domain] Portion at Fair Value Measurement [Member] Portion at Fair Value Measurement [Member] Carrying Amount Reported Value Measurement [Member] Estimated Fair Value Estimate of Fair Value Measurement [Member] Financial instruments that are not measured at fair value on a recurring basis Fair Value, Balance Sheet Grouping, Financial Statement Captions [Line Items] Assets: Assets, Fair Value Disclosure [Abstract] Cash and Restricted cash Cash, Cash Equivalents, Restricted Cash and Restricted Cash Equivalents Accounts receivable, net Accounts Receivable, Fair Value Disclosure Notes receivable, net Notes Receivable, Fair Value Disclosure Liabilities: Liabilities, Fair Value Disclosure [Abstract] Fixed-rate debt Long-term Debt, Percentage Bearing Fixed Interest, Amount Variable-rate debt Long-term Debt, Percentage Bearing Variable Interest, Amount Allowance for doubtful accounts Allowance for Doubtful Accounts Receivable Allowance for notes receivable Class of Warrant or Right [Table] Class of Warrant or Right [Table] Title of Individual [Axis] Title of Individual [Axis] Relationship to Entity [Domain] Relationship to Entity [Domain] Chief Financial Officer Chief Financial Officer [Member] Chief Executive Officer Chief Executive Officer [Member] President President [Member] Class of Warrant or Right [Axis] Class of Warrant or Right [Axis] Class of Warrant or Right [Domain] Class of Warrant or Right [Domain] Management Warrants Management Warrants [Member] Represents the Management Warrants, a type of the warrant that gives the holder the right to purchase shares of stock in accordance with the terms of the instrument, usually upon payment of a specified amount. Class of Warrant or Right [Line Items] Class of Warrant or Right [Line Items] Number of shares called by warrants (in shares) Class of Warrant or Right, Number of Securities Called by Warrants or Rights Exercise price (in dollars per share) Class of Warrant or Right, Exercise Price of Warrants or Rights Proceeds from issuance of Management warrants Proceeds from Issuance of Warrants Total warrant price Class Of Warrant or Right Price Of Warrants Or Rights The price of warrants or rights outstanding. Basic EPS: Earnings Per Share, Basic [Abstract] Numerator: Net Income (Loss) Available to Common Stockholders, Basic [Abstract] Denominator: Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding, Basic [Abstract] Weighted-average basic common shares outstanding (in shares) Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding, Basic Diluted EPS: Earnings Per Share, Diluted [Abstract] Numerator: Net Income (Loss) Available to Common Stockholders, Diluted [Abstract] Net (loss) income attributable to common stockholders Denominator: Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding, Diluted [Abstract] Restricted stock and stock options (in shares) Incremental Common Shares Attributable to Dilutive Effect of Share-based Payment Arrangements Weighted-average diluted common shares outstanding (in shares) Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding, Diluted Basic (loss) income per share (in dollars per share) Earnings Per Share, Basic Diluted (loss) income per share (in dollars per share) Earnings Per Share, 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In Time And Over Time [Member] Transfer At Point In Time And Over Time [Member] Disaggregation of Revenue [Line Items] Disaggregation of Revenue [Line Items] Revenues Revenue from Contract with Customer, Excluding Assessed Tax Minimum rents Operating Lease, Lease Income, Lease Payments Tenant recoveries Operating Lease, Variable Lease Income Interest income from sales-type leases Sales-type Lease, Interest Income Total rental income Operating Lease, Lease Income Summary of assets and liabilities measured on a recurring basis Schedule of Fair Value, Assets and Liabilities Measured on Recurring Basis [Table Text Block] Summary of assets and liabilities that were measured at fair value on a recurring basis Fair Value, Assets Measured on Recurring Basis [Table Text Block] Summary of non-financial asset measure at fair value on a non-recurring basis Fair Value Measurements, Nonrecurring [Table Text Block] Revenue disaggregated by revenue source Disaggregation of Revenue [Table Text Block] Contract with customer, assets and liabilities Contract with Customer, Asset and Liability [Table Text Block] Remaining performance obligation, expected timing of satisfaction Revenue, Remaining Performance Obligation, Expected Timing of Satisfaction [Table Text Block] Business Combinations [Abstract] RECENT TRANSACTIONS Business Combination Disclosure [Text Block] Assets and liabilities, lessee Assets And Liabilities, Lessee [Table Text Block] Assets And Liabilities, Lessee [Table Text Block] Lease cost Lease, Cost [Table Text Block] Operating lease liability maturity Lessee, Operating Lease, Liability, Maturity [Table Text Block] Schedule of minimum rent payments Lessor, Operating Lease, Payments to be Received, Maturity [Table Text Block] Schedule of Restructuring and Related Costs [Table] Schedule of Restructuring and Related Costs [Table] Restructuring Plan [Axis] Restructuring Plan [Axis] Restructuring Plan [Domain] Restructuring Plan [Domain] Corporate Restructuring Corporate Restructuring [Member] Corporate Restructuring [Member] Restructuring Cost and Reserve [Line Items] Restructuring Cost and Reserve [Line Items] Restructuring Reserve [Roll Forward] Restructuring Reserve [Roll Forward] Balance at beginning of period Restructuring Reserve Charges Restructuring Charges Charges paid/settled Payments for Restructuring Balance at end of period Summary of investments in real estate and other affiliates Real Estate Investment Financial Statements, Disclosure [Table Text Block] New Accounting Pronouncements or Change in Accounting Principle [Table] New Accounting Pronouncements or Change in Accounting Principle [Table] New Accounting Pronouncements or Change in Accounting Principle [Line Items] New Accounting Pronouncements or Change in Accounting Principle [Line Items] Operating leases remaining lease term Operating Lease, Remaining Lease Term Operating Lease, Remaining Lease Term Lease renewal term Lessee, Operating Lease, Renewal Term Lease termination period Lessee, Operating Lease, Termination Period Lessee, Operating Lease, Termination Period Average remaining term of lease Lessor, Operating Lease, Weighted Average Remaining Lease Term Lessor, Operating Lease, Weighted Average Remaining Lease Term Restricted Stock Restricted Stock [Member] Restricted Stock Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Equity Instruments Other than Options, Nonvested, Number of Shares [Roll Forward] Restricted stock outstanding at the beginning of the period (in shares) Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Equity Instruments Other than Options, Nonvested, Number Granted (in shares) Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Equity Instruments Other than Options, Grants in Period Forfeited (in shares) Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Equity Instruments Other than Options, Forfeited in Period Restricted stock outstanding at the end of the period (in shares) Weighted-average Grant Date Fair Value Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Equity Instruments Other than Options, Nonvested, Weighted Average Grant Date Fair Value [Abstract] Restricted stock outstanding at the beginning of the period (in dollars per share) Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Equity Instruments Other than Options, Nonvested, Weighted Average Grant Date Fair Value Granted (in dollars per share) Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Equity Instruments Other than Options, Grants in Period, Weighted Average Grant Date Fair Value Forfeited (in dollars per share) Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Equity Instruments Other than Options, Forfeitures, Weighted Average Grant Date Fair Value Restricted stock outstanding at the end of the period (in dollars per share) Schedule of Antidilutive Securities Excluded from Computation of Earnings Per Share [Table] Schedule of Antidilutive Securities Excluded from Computation of Earnings Per Share [Table] Sale of Stock [Axis] Sale of Stock [Axis] Sale of Stock [Domain] Sale of Stock [Domain] Over-Allotment Option Over-Allotment Option [Member] Additional Over-Allotment Option Additional Over-Allotment Option [Member] Additional Over-Allotment Option [Member] Private Placement Private Placement [Member] Antidilutive Securities [Axis] Antidilutive Securities [Axis] Antidilutive Securities, Name [Domain] Antidilutive Securities, Name [Domain] Employees Directors and Consultants Stock Options Employees Directors And Consultants Stock Options [Member] An arrangement whereby an employee, member of the Board of Directors or consultants are entitled to receive in the future, subject to vesting and other restrictions, a number of shares in the entity at a specified price, as defined in the agreement. Antidilutive securities excluded from computation of diluted earnings per share Antidilutive Securities Excluded from Computation of Earnings Per Share [Line Items] Antidilutive securities excluded from computation of diluted earnings per share (in shares) Antidilutive Securities Excluded from Computation of Earnings Per Share, Amount Sale of stock, number of shares issued in transaction (in shares) Sale of Stock, Number of Shares Issued in Transaction Common stock, par value (in dollars per share) Sale of Stock, Price Per Share Sale of stock, consideration received on transaction Sale of Stock, Consideration Received on Transaction Income Statement [Abstract] Statement [Table] Statement [Table] Condominium rights and unit sales Master Planned Communities land sales Other land, rental and property revenues Other Land, Rental And Property Revenues [Member] Other Land, Rental And Property Revenues [Member] Builder price participation Statement [Line Items] Statement [Line Items] Revenues: Revenues [Abstract] Total revenues Expenses: Costs and Expenses [Abstract] Cost of sales Cost of Goods and Services Sold Operating costs Hospitality Expenses Represents the information pertaining to hospitality expenses. Rental property real estate taxes Real Estate Tax Expense Provision for (recovery of) doubtful accounts Provision for Doubtful Accounts Demolition costs Demolition Costs Represents expenses related to demolition of real estate properties. Development-related marketing costs Marketing Expense General and administrative General and Administrative Expense Depreciation and amortization Total expenses Costs and Expenses Other: Other Income and Expenses [Abstract] Provision for impairment Gain (loss) on sale or disposal of real estate and other assets, net Other (loss) income, net Total other Other Operating Income (Expense), Net Operating (loss) income Operating Income (Loss) Interest income Investment Income, Interest Interest expense Equity in earnings from real estate and other affiliates (Loss) income before taxes Provision for income taxes Income Tax Expense (Benefit) Operating lease cost Operating Lease, Cost Variable lease costs Variable Lease, Cost Sublease income Sublease Income Net lease cost Lease, Cost Schedule of Other Assets and Liabilities [Table] Schedule of Other Assets and Liabilities [Table] Information related to significant components of other assets and liabilities of the entity. Unsecured Debt Unsecured Debt [Member] Senior Notes, 5.375% Senior Notes, 5.375% [Member] Senior Notes, 5.375% [Member] Senior Notes Senior Notes [Member] Finite Lived Intangible Assets and Liabilities, by Major Class [Axis] Finite Lived Intangible Assets and Liabilities, by Major Class [Axis] Information by major type or class of finite Lived intangible assets or liabilities. Finite Lived Intangible Assets and Liabilities, by Major Class [Domain] Finite Lived Intangible Assets And Liabilities By Major Class [Domain] The major class of finite Lived intangible assets and liabilities. Federal income tax receivable Leases, Acquired-in-Place [Member] Above-market tenant leases Ground Leases Above Market [Member] Ground leases acquired as part of a real property acquisition at above market lease rate. Other assets and liabilities Other Assets and Liabilities [Line Items] Prepaid Expenses and Other Assets Prepaid Expense and Other Assets [Abstract] Straight-line rent Straight Line Rent Asset The asset that represents the cumulative difference between the rental payments required by a lease agreement and the rental income or expense recognized on a straight-line basis, or other systematic and rational basis more representative of the time pattern in which use or benefit is granted or derived from the leased property, expected to be recognized in income or expense over the term of the leased property by the lessor or lessee, respectively. Condominium inventory Condominium Inventory Condominium Inventory Leases Finite-Lived Intangible Assets, Net Security, escrow, and other deposits Deposit Assets Special Improvement District receivable Special Improvement District Receivable Represents the carrying amount of the reimbursement receivable for principal paid on Special Improvement District bonds including interest. Intangibles Other Intangible Assets, Net Prepaid expenses Prepaid Expense Other Other Assets Tenant incentives and other receivables Other Receivables TIF receivable Value Added Tax Receivable Federal income tax receivable Income Taxes Receivable Food and beverage and lifestyle inventory Food and Beverage and Lifestyle Inventory Food and Beverage and Lifestyle Inventory Prepaid expenses and other assets, net Increase in prepaid expenses and other assets Increase (Decrease) in Prepaid Expense and Other Assets. The increase (decrease) during the reporting period in the value of prepaid expenses and other assets not separately disclosed in the statement of cash flows. Increase in tenant and other deposits related to increases in land sales deposits Increase (Decrease) in Security Deposits Increase in condominium inventory Increase (Decrease) In Straight Line Rent Asset Increase (Decrease) In Straight Line Rent Asset Increase (decrease) income taxes receivable Increase (Decrease) Income Taxes Receivable Increase (Decrease) Income Taxes Receivable Increase (decrease) food and beverage and lifestyle inventory Increase (Decrease) Food and Beverage and Lifestyle Inventory Increase (Decrease) Food and Beverage and Lifestyle Inventory Increase (decrease) finite-lived intangible assets, net Increase (Decrease) Finite-Lived Intangible Assets, Net Increase (Decrease) Finite-Lived Intangible Assets, Net Increase (decrease) other assets Increase (Decrease) Other Assets Increase (Decrease) Other Assets Accounts Payable and Accrued Liabilities [Abstract] Accounts Payable and Accrued Liabilities [Abstract] Construction payables Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses Condominium Deposits Represents the amount of condominium deposits, which is the component of accounts payable and accrued expenses. Condominium deposit liabilities Construction Payable Interest rate swap liabilities Deferred income Deferred Income Deferred Income Accounts payable and accrued expenses Other Accounts Payable and Accrued Liabilities Tenant and other deposits Security Deposit Liability Accrued payroll and other employee liabilities Employee-related Liabilities Accrued real estate taxes Accrual for Taxes Other than Income Taxes Other Other Liabilities Accrued interest Interest Payable Accounts payable and accrued expenses Decrease in accounts payable and accrued expenses Increase (Decrease) In Accounts Payable And Accrued Expenses Represents the increase (decrease) during the reporting period in the amounts payable to vendors for goods and services received and the amount of obligations and expenses incurred but not paid. Decrease in construction payables Increase (Decrease) in Construction Payables Decrease in accrued payroll and other employee liabilities Increase (Decrease) in Employee Related Liabilities Decrease in accrued interest Increase (Decrease) in Interest Payable, Net Fixed-rate debt Interest rate (as a percent) Debt Instrument, Interest Rate, Stated Percentage Decrease in accrued real estate taxes Increase (Decrease) In Accrual For Taxes Other Than Income Taxes Increase (Decrease) In Accrual For Taxes Other Than Income Taxes Decrease in accounts payable and accrued expenses Increase (Decrease) in Other Accounts Payable and Accrued Liabilities Increase in condominium deposits Increase (Decrease) in Condominium Deposits Increase (Decrease) in Condominium Deposits Increase in interest rate swap derivative liabilities Increase (Decrease) In Interest Rate Swap Derivative Liabilities Increase (Decrease) In Interest Rate Swap Derivative Liabilities Real Estate [Table] Real Estate [Table] 100 Fellowship Drive 100 Fellowship Drive [Member] 100 Fellowship Drive [Member] Real Estate [Line Items] Real Estate [Line Items] Area of land (in acre) Area of Land Square footage of building (in square feet) Square Footage Of Building Square Footage Of Building Number of parking spaces Number Of Parking Spaces Number Of Parking Spaces Sales-type lease, derecognized developments Sales-Type Lease, Derecognized Developments Sales-Type Lease, Derecognized Developments Sales-type lease, selling profit (loss) Sales-type Lease, Selling Profit (Loss) Proceeds from sales of properties Proceeds from Sale of Real Estate Held-for-investment Gains on sales of properties Asset carrying value Transactions costs Transaction Costs On Sales of Investments Real Estate Transaction Costs On Sales of Investments Real Estate Payments to acquire real estate Payments to Acquire Real Estate Reconciliation of Assets from Segment to Consolidated [Table] Reconciliation of Assets from Segment to Consolidated [Table] Corporate Reconciliation of total segment assets to total assets Segment Reporting, Asset Reconciling Item [Line Items] Assets LEASES Lessee, Operating Leases [Text Block] Schedule of Long-term Debt Instruments [Table] Schedule of Long-term Debt Instruments [Table] Scenario [Axis] Scenario [Axis] Scenario, Unspecified [Domain] Scenario, Unspecified [Domain] Scenario, Forecast Scenario, Forecast [Member] Short-term Debt, Type [Axis] Short-term Debt, Type [Axis] Short-term Debt, Type [Domain] Short-term Debt, Type [Domain] Bridge Loan Bridge Loan [Member] 9950 Woodloch Forest Drive 9950 Woodloch Forest Drive [Member] 9950 Woodloch Forest Drive [Member] Koula Koula [Member] Koula [Member] Summerlin Summerlin [Member] Represents the information pertaining to Summerlin Acquisition properties owned by the entity. The Woodlands Towers at the Waterway and The Woodlands Warehouse The Woodlands Towers At The Waterway And The Woodlands Warehouse [Member] The Woodlands Towers At The Waterway And The Woodlands Warehouse [Member] Three Hughes Landing Three Hughes Landing [Member] Represents information pertaining to Three Hughes Landing, a property owned by the entity. Creekside Park West Creekside Park West [Member] Creekside Park West [Member] Special Improvement District Bonds Bonds [Member] Secured mortgages, notes and loans payable Secured Debt [Member] Mortgages Mortgages [Member] Variable Rate [Axis] Variable Rate [Axis] Variable Rate [Domain] Variable Rate [Domain] London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) [Member] Mortgages, notes and loans payable Debt Instrument [Line Items] Land, buildings and equipment and developments in progress pledged as collateral Pledged Assets, Other, Not Separately Reported on Statement of Financial Position New SIDs issued Secured Debt Debt instrument, basis spread on variable rate, extension option Debt Instrument, Basis Spread on Variable Rate, Extension Option Debt Instrument, Basis Spread on Variable Rate, Extension Option Term of extension option Debt Instrument, Extension Option, Term Debt Instrument, Extension Option, Term Repayments of debt Repayments of Debt Repayments of long-term debt Repayments of Long-term Debt Interest rate margin (as a percent) Debt Instrument, Basis Spread on Variable Rate Statement of Cash Flows [Abstract] Cash Flows from Operating Activities: Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Operating Activities, Continuing Operations [Abstract] Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to cash provided by (used in) operating activities: Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Operating Activities [Abstract] Depreciation Depreciation Amortization Amortization, Excluding Amortization Of Debt Issuance Costs And Discounts Amortization, Excluding Amortization Of Debt Issuance Costs And Discounts Amortization of deferred financing costs Amortization of Debt Issuance Costs and Discounts Amortization of intangibles other than in-place leases Amortization of Intangibles Other than in Place Leases The aggregate expense charged against earnings to allocate the cost of intangible assets other than in place lease (nonphysical assets not used in production) in a systematic and rational manner to the periods expected to benefit from such assets. As a noncash expense, this element is added back to net income when calculating cash provided by or used in operations using the indirect method. Straight-line rent amortization Straight Line Rent Deferred income taxes Deferred Income Tax Expense (Benefit) Restricted stock and stock option amortization Net gain on sale of lease receivable Loans and Leases Receivable, Gain (Loss) on Sales, Net Selling profit from sales-type leases Impairment charges Asset Impairment Charges Equity in earnings from real estate and other affiliates, net of distributions Income (Loss) from Equity Method Investments, Net of Dividends or Distributions Provision for doubtful accounts Provision for Loan, Lease, and Other Losses Master Planned Communities land acquisitions Master Planned Community Land Acquisitions Represents master planned community land acquisitions expenditure during the period. Master Planned Communities development expenditures Master Planned Community Development Expenditures Represents master planned community development expenditures during the period. Master Planned Communities cost of sales Master Planned Community Cost of Sales Represents master planned community cost of sales. Condominium development expenditures Condominium Development Expenditures Represents condominium development expenditures during the period. Condominium rights and unit cost of sales Condominium Rights And Unit Cost Of Sales Represents costs incurred directly related to generating condominium unit sales revenue. Net changes: Increase (Decrease) in Operating Capital [Abstract] Accounts and notes receivable Increase (Decrease) in Accounts and Notes Receivable Prepaid expenses and other assets Increase (Decrease) in Prepaid Expense and Other Assets Condominium deposits received Deferred expenses Increase (Decrease) in Deferred Charges Accounts payable and accrued expenses Increase (Decrease) in Accounts Payable and Accrued Liabilities Cash used in operating activities Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Operating Activities Cash Flows from Investing Activities: Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Investing Activities [Abstract] Property and equipment expenditures Payments To Acquire Property And Equipment Payments To Acquire Property And Equipment Operating property improvements Payments for Capital Improvements Property development and redevelopment Payments to Develop Real Estate Assets Reimbursements under Tax Increment Financings Proceeds From Tax Increment Financing Proceeds From Tax Increment Financing Distributions from real estate and other affiliates Proceeds from Distributions Received from Real Estate Partnerships Investments in real estate and other affiliates, net Payments to Acquire Interest in Subsidiaries and Affiliates Cash used in investing activities Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Investing Activities Cash Flows from Financing Activities: Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Financing Activities [Abstract] Proceeds from mortgages, notes and loans payable Proceeds from Issuance of Long-term Debt Proceeds from issuance of common stock Proceeds from Issuance of Common Stock Principal payments on mortgages, notes and loans payable Special Improvement District bond funds released from (held in) escrow Special Improvement District Bonds Held In Escrow Special Improvement District Bonds Released from (Held In) Escrow Deferred financing costs and bond issuance costs, net Payments of Financing Costs Taxes paid on stock options exercised and restricted stock vested Payments Related to Tax Withholding for Share-based Compensation Gain on unwinding of swaps Stock options exercised Proceeds from Stock Options Exercised Contributions from noncontrolling interest Proceeds from Noncontrolling Interests Cash provided by financing activities Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Financing Activities Net change in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash Cash, Cash Equivalents, Restricted Cash and Restricted Cash Equivalents, Period Increase (Decrease), Including Exchange Rate Effect Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period Supplemental Disclosure of Cash Flow Information: Supplemental Cash Flow Information [Abstract] Interest paid Interest Paid, Excluding Capitalized Interest, Operating Activities Interest capitalized Interest Costs Capitalized Income taxes (refunded) paid, net Income Taxes Paid, Net Non-Cash Transactions: Cash Flow, Noncash Investing and Financing Activities Disclosure [Abstract] Accrued property improvements, developments, and redevelopments Capital Expenditures Incurred but Not yet Paid Special Improvement District bond transfers associated with land sales Special Improvement District Bond Transfers Associated with Land Sales This element represents special improvement district bond transfers associated with land sales. Accrued interest on construction loan borrowing Accrued Interest Included In Construction Loan Payable Non Cash Represents the accrued interest included in construction loan payable. Capitalized stock compensation Capitalized Share Based Compensation Amounts capitalized relating to share based compensation Initial recognition of ASC 842 Operating lease ROU asset Initial Recognition, Operating Leases, Right Of Use Asset Initial Recognition, Operating Leases, Right Of Use Asset Initial recognition of ASC 842 Operating lease obligation Initial Recognition, Operating Lease, Lease Liability Initial Recognition, Operating Lease, Lease Liability Reclassification out of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income [Table] Reclassification out of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income [Table] Losses (gains) on cash flow hedges Reclassification out of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income [Axis] Reclassification out of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income [Axis] Reclassification out of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income [Domain] Reclassification out of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income [Domain] Reclassification out of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income Reclassification out of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income [Member] Reclassifications out of accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) Reclassification Adjustment out of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income [Line Items] Provision for income taxes Net of tax Preferred stock, par value (in dollars per share) Preferred Stock, Par or Stated Value Per Share Preferred stock, shares authorized (in shares) Preferred Stock, Shares Authorized Preferred stock, shares issued (in shares) Preferred Stock, Shares Issued Common stock, par value (in dollars per share) Common Stock, Par or Stated Value Per Share Common stock, shares authorized (in shares) Common Stock, Shares Authorized Common stock, shares issued (in shares) Common Stock, Shares, Issued Common stock, shares outstanding (in shares) Common Stock, Shares, Outstanding Treasury stock, shares held (in shares) Treasury Stock, Shares COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Text Block] Operating cash flows on operating leases Operating Lease, Payments Weighted-average remaining lease term (years) Weighted Average Remaining Lease Term [Abstract] Weighted Average Remaining Lease Term [Abstract] Operating leases Operating Lease, Weighted Average Remaining Lease Term Weighted-average discount rate Weighted Average Discount Rate [Abstract] Weighted Average Discount Rate [Abstract] Operating leases Operating Lease, Weighted Average Discount Rate, Percent Cover [Abstract] Document Type Document Type Document Quarterly Report Document Quarterly Report Document Fiscal Period Focus Document Period End Date Document Transition Report Document Transition Report Entity File Number Entity File Number Entity Registrant Name Entity Registrant Name Entity Incorporation, State or Country Code Entity Incorporation, State or Country Code Entity Tax Identification Number Entity Tax Identification Number Entity Address, Address Line One Entity Address, Address Line One Entity Address, City or Town Entity Address, City or Town Entity Address, State or Province Entity Address, State or Province Entity Address, Postal Zip Code Entity Address, Postal Zip Code City Area Code City Area Code Local Phone Number Local Phone Number Entity Current Reporting Status Entity Current Reporting Status Entity Interactive Data Current Entity Interactive Data Current Entity Filer Category Entity Filer Category Entity Small Business Entity Small Business Entity Emerging Growth Company Entity Emerging Growth Company Entity Shell Company Entity Shell Company Title of 12(b) Security Title of 12(b) Security Trading Symbol Trading Symbol Security Exchange Name Security Exchange Name Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding (in shares) Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding Entity Central Index Key Entity Central Index Key Document Fiscal Period Focus Document Fiscal Period Focus Amendment Flag Amendment Flag Current Fiscal Year End Date Current Fiscal Year End Date Document Fiscal Year Focus Document Fiscal Year Focus Total minimum rent payments Operating Lease, Lease Income, Lease Payments, Excluding Amortization Operating Lease, Lease Income, Lease Payments, Excluding Amortization 2020 (excluding the three months ended March 31, 2020) Lessor, Operating Lease, Payments to be Received, Remainder of Fiscal Year 2021 Lessor, Operating Lease, Payments to be Received, Two Years 2022 Lessor, Operating Lease, Payments to be Received, Three Years 2023 Lessor, Operating Lease, Payments to be Received, Four Years 2024 Lessor, Operating Lease, Payments to be Received, Five Years Thereafter Lessor, Operating Lease, Payments to be Received, Thereafter Total Lessor, Operating Lease, Payments to be Received BASIS OF PRESENTATION AND ORGANIZATION Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements Disclosure [Text Block] Summary of fair value of the Company's derivative financial instruments Schedule of Derivative Instruments in Statement of Financial Position, Fair Value [Table Text Block] Summary of effect of the Company's derivative financial instruments on the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations Derivative Instruments, Gain (Loss) [Table Text Block] The Metropolitan Downtown Columbia Metropolitan Downtown Columbia [Member] Represents The Metropolitan Downtown Columbia (d) Stewart Title of Montgomery County, TX Stewart Title Of Montgomery County Tx [Member] Represents Stewart Title of Montgomery County, TX Woodlands Sarofim 1 Woodlands Sarofim1 [Member] Represents the information pertaining to Woodlands Sarofim 1, a real estate affiliate of the entity. m.flats/TEN.M m.flats/TEN.M [Member] m.flats/TEN.M Bar Wayo (Momofuku) Circle T Ranch and Power Center Circle T Ranch and Power Center [Member] Represents the information pertaining to Circle T, a real estate affiliate of the entity. HHMK Development H H M K Development L L C [Member] Represents the information pertaining to HHMK Development, LLC, a real estate affiliate of the entity. KR Holdings K R Holdings L L C [Member] Represents information pertaining to KR Holdings, LLC with whom the entity entered into a joint venture. Other equity investments (c) Cost Method [Member] Cost Method [Member] Investment in Real Estate and Other Affiliates Investments in and Advances to Affiliates, Balance [Abstract] Economic/Legal Ownership Equity Method Investment, Ownership Percentage Carrying Value Share of Earnings/Dividends Investment deficit position Investments In Affiliates Subsidiaries Associates And Joint ventures Liability Total investment liabilities in (A) an entity in which the entity has significant influence, but does not have control, (B) subsidiaries that are not required to be consolidated and are accounted for using the equity and or cost method, and (C) an entity in which the reporting entity shares control of the entity with another party or group. Includes long-term advances receivable from a party that is affiliated with the reporting entity by means of direct or indirect ownership. Summary of the significant components of prepaid expenses and other assets Schedule of Other Assets [Table Text Block] Summary of the significant components of accounts payable and accrued expenses Schedule of Accounts Payable and Accrued Liabilities [Table Text Block] EARNINGS PER SHARE Earnings Per Share [Text Block] Total Assets Equity Method Investment, Summarized Financial Information, Assets Total Liabilities Equity Method Investment, Summarized Financial Information, Liabilities Total Equity Equity Method Investment Summarized Financial Information, Equity Revenues Equity Method Investment, Summarized Financial Information, Revenue Net income Equity Method Investment, Summarized Financial Information, Net Income (Loss) Gross Margin Equity Method Investment, Summarized Financial Information, Gross Profit (Loss) Statement of Stockholders' Equity [Abstract] Interest rate swap, tax Pension deferred tax benefit Capitalized swap interest, tax (benefit) Other Comprehensive Income Loss Capitalized Swap Interest On Developments Tax effect, net of reclassification adjustment, of the change in accumulated gain (loss) from settled derivative instruments for which the underlying interest is capitalized. Unusual or Infrequent Item, or Both [Axis] Unusual or Infrequent Item, or Both [Axis] Unusual or Infrequent Item, or Both [Domain] Unusual or Infrequent Item, or Both [Domain] COVID-19 COVID-19 [Member] COVID-19 [Member] Restructuring Type [Axis] Restructuring Type [Axis] Type of Restructuring [Domain] Type of Restructuring [Domain] One-time Termination Benefits One-time Termination Benefits [Member] Accumulated Deficit Retained Earnings [Member] Provision for doubtful accounts Adoption of ASU 2016-13 Cumulative Effect of New Accounting Principle in Period of Adoption Assets held for sale Assets Held-for-sale, Not Part of Disposal Group Restructuring charges Restructuring and related cost, expected cost remaining Restructuring and Related Cost, Expected Cost Remaining MORTGAGES, NOTES AND LOANS PAYABLE, NET Debt Disclosure [Text Block] Unsecured 5.375% Senior Notes Special Improvement District bonds Interest Rate Collar Debt Instrument [Line Items] Mortgages, notes and loans payable Unamortized bond issuance costs Unamortized Debt Issuance Expense Unamortized deferred financing costs Debt Issuance Costs, Net Total mortgages, notes and loans payable, net Amount of variable-rate debt swapped to fixed rate Derivative, Amount of Hedged Item Common Stock Common Stock [Member] Additional Paid-in Capital Additional Paid-in Capital [Member] Accumulated Other Comprehensive (Loss) Income Treasury Stock Treasury Stock [Member] Total Stockholders' Equity Parent [Member] Noncontrolling Interest Noncontrolling Interest [Member] Increase (Decrease) in Stockholders' Equity Increase (Decrease) in Stockholders' Equity [Roll Forward] Balance at the beginning of the period (in shares) Shares, Outstanding Balance at the beginning of the period (in shares) Treasury Stock, Common, Shares Capitalized swap interest, net of tax Contributions to joint ventures Noncontrolling Interest, Increase From Contributions To Joint Venture Noncontrolling Interest, Increase From Contributions To Joint Venture Common stock issued (in shares) Stock Issued During Period, Shares, New Issues Common stock issued Stock Issued During Period, Value, New Issues Stock plan activity (in shares) Stock Issued During Period, Shares, Share-based Compensation, Net of Forfeitures Stock plan activity Adjustments to Additional Paid in Capital, Share-based Compensation, Requisite Service Period Recognition Balance at the end of the period (in shares) Balance at the end of the period (in shares) Contract Liabilities Change In Contract With Customer, Liability [Roll Forward] Change In Contract With Customer, Liability [Roll Forward] Beginning balance Contract with Customer, Liability Consideration earned during the period Contract with Customer, Liability, Revenue Recognized Consideration received during the period Contract With Customer, Liability, Increase From Consideration Received Contract With Customer, Liability, Increase From Consideration Received Ending balance Financing receivable, accrued interest, after allowance for credit loss Financing Receivable, Accrued Interest, After Allowance For Credit Loss Financing Receivable, Accrued Interest, After Allowance For Credit Loss