Rocky Mountain Time
Lincoln Institute fellows Peter Pollock and Jim Levitt will be on hand later this week for the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute's 23rd annual conference, Moving Beyond Recession: What's Next? March 13-14 in Denver. Pollock, the former city planner of Boulder, will bring together planners from the region, including Aurora, Boulder, and Colorado Springs, for a retreat and subsequent session titled "As Go Cities, So Goes the Region." Levitt, who has been leading an international initiative in large landscape conservation, will moderate the panel "Framing an Urban Agenda for Nature," as part of the Conservation in Metropolitan Regions track.
Deconstructing the homeowners association
Over 20 percent of all homes in the U.S. are in homeowners associations, which govern over some 63 million Americans and take in nearly $40 billion in annual revenue through fees. Last week, visiting fellow Gerald Korngold led a workshop at the Lincoln Institute, "Homeowners Associations and Local Government: Current Issues and Future Trends," to take stock of this burgeoning form of governance, with all its legal implications and controversies -- including fines for such violations as a wreath shaped like a peace sign to too many stickers on the rear window of a car parked in a driveway.
Detroit's bankruptcy and the property tax
Anyone concerned about cities is closely following Detroit's struggle to emerge from bankruptcy. Civic leaders unveiled a path to solvency last week. While there are many causes and circumstances that have contributed to dire fiscal conditions in Detroit, the erosion of the property tax base is and will continue to be critical. A number of factors have led to significant tax base erosion: regional economic decline, policies, tax delinquency and tax foreclosure. Mark Skidmore, professor of economics at Michigan State University and a visiting fellow at the Lincoln Institute, will address recent developments in Detroit, in Detroit Bankruptcy and the Eroding Property Tax Base, the next in the Lincoln Institute's spring lecture series.
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