Academic institutions are becoming Conservation Catalysts
Efforts to protect jaguar habitats from Mexico to Argentina, coastal areas in southern Australia, and vital ecosystems along the Colorado River all have one thing in common: academic institutions have become the lynchpin to making these initiatives happen. The strategic role of these institutions, from colleges and universities to research institutes and field stations, is documented in a new volume published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Conservation Catalysts: The Academy as Nature’s Agent, edited by James N. Levitt. The book is being launched officially today at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia.
Community land trusts and permanently affordable housing
Homeownership has lost its luster since 2008, and no wonder – as Americans lost trillions in wealth, many have turned to renting. But as Lincoln Institute president George W. McCarthy and Harold Simon, executive director of the National Housing Institute,write in an op-ed essay, published in The Boston Globe, there is a third way: shared equity housing, in the form of community land trusts. Prices are based on the homes but not the land underneath, with a modest cap on resale profit. The approach brings stability to the wild swings that can be characteristic in housing markets, and our research has documented very few foreclosures at CLTs. Yet, sadly, a legislative technicality is preventing CLTs from scaling up; the FHA says it can’t back mortgages for CLTs.
Redeveloping our cities for the future
Citybuilding is all about redevelopment, writes Lincoln Institute president George W. McCarthy in the current issue of Land Lines -- whether the repurposing of Legacy Cities, or the reconfiguration of informal and unplanned settlement in cities in the developing world. "As we endeavor to reinvent our urban settlements, we will confront an old foe—land that is already improved and developed, but needs to be adapted to new uses," he writes in the Message from the President. "While we are not unfamiliar with this highly contentious process, it is safe to say that we have not yet cracked the code on how to manage it."
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