The conversation about land conservation
The Lincoln Institute is fully engaged in the topic of land conservation this fall, appearing at the Land trust Alliance in Providence, R.I. this week and celebrating the legacy of Kingsbury Browne; being a partner in the National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation in Washington D.C. October 23-24, where Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will be a keynoter; and preparing to launch the book Conservation Catalysts: The Academy as Nature’s Agent, at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia in November.
In the wake of Ferguson, regeneration in St. Louis
St. Louis was ranked 8 of 18 post-industrial cities studied in our Policy Focus Report Regenerating America's Legacy Cities, and the metropolitan area continued to make progress in planning and economic development. The revitalization along Washington Avenue, where turn-of-the-century garment and warehouse buildings have been renovated for adaptive re-use, was singled out by the report's co-authors, Lavea Brachman and Alan Mallach, as one success story. The rebirth along the boulevard embodied one of the major recommendations of the report -- that cities should take advantage of existing assets and strong urban fabric.
Assessing the property tax at IAAO
The International Association of Assessing Officers celebrated its 80th annual conference in Sacramento, California August 24-27, and the Lincoln Institute’s Valuation and Taxation Department once again had a big presence. Senior fellow Joan Youngman was prominent among the speakers, comparing California's Proposition 13 and Proposition 2 ½. Lincoln Institute fellows Daphne Kenyon and Sally Powers also organized a session on reducing reliance on the personal property tax.
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