Cities at Center Stage: Towards Habitat III
The number of people living in cities is expected to top 6 billion by 2050 – two-thirds of the projected global population of 9 billion. Yet approximately 1 billion people already live in slums. Last week about 100 thought leaders and practitioners from around the world gathered for the Urban Thinkers Campus, hosted by UN-HABITAT, to establish a framework for making these global cities more inclusive, resilient, and vibrant. A delegation from the Lincoln Institute presented on value capture and preventive policies to parry informal and irregular settlement at the three-day forum, part of the run-up to Habitat III, the United Nations Housing and Sustainable Urban Development summit, to be held in 2016.
The unnerving story of China's underground urban dwellers
The amazing and unsettling story of China’s underground urban dwellers is told in the October issue of Land Lines. An estimated one million people are living in subterranean apartments in Beijing, where affordable housing near employment is scarce for the greater city’s 23 million inhabitants, writes Annette M. Kim, associate professor at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California, in Hidden City: Beijing’s Subterranean Housing Market. The underground homes are often windowless subdivisions in basements and air raid shelters, and the median size is 9.75 square meters. Some complexes contain as many as 600 units below street level, deep underground.
Redevelopment, value capture, TIFs on tap for visiting fellows
Alexander von Hoffman, senior fellow at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, has been named a visiting fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, charged with developing a foundation for future work on redevelopment. He joins several other new visiting fellows studying such topics as value capture, TIFs, global urbanization, and land trusts.
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