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.
New leader for Western Lands & Communities
Summer Waters, a Phoenix-based specialist in water and watersheds, is the new leader the Western Lands and Communities program, a partnership initiative focused on shaping growth, sustaining cities, protecting resources, and empowering communities in the Intermountain West. "Summer Waters will bring significant expertise and energy to this leadership position in our longstanding partnership with the Sonoran Institute, which has been a key focal point for our work on land issues in the West," said George W. McCarthy, president and CEO of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.
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