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  1. Regularização de Assentamentos Informais na América Latina

    Policy Focus Reports
    October 2011

    In large Latin American cities the number of dwellings in informal settlements ranges from one-tenth to one-third of urban residences. These informal settlements are caused by low income, unrealistic...

  2. High-Speed Rail

    International Lessons for U.S. Policy Makers
    Policy Focus Reports
    September 2011
    Petra Todorovich, Daniel Schned, and Robert Lane

    High-speed rail has been adopted throughout the world, and is now being planned and developed in the United States. Over the past 50 years, U.S. transportation spending has favored the development of...

  3. Regularization of Informal Settlements in Latin America

    Policy Focus Reports
    May 2011

    This report provides municipal and community leaders with an overview of the challenge of informal settlements in Latin America, along with recommendations for improving regularization policies. It...

  4. Making Room for a Planet of Cities

    Policy Focus Reports
    January 2011
    Shlomo Angel, with Jason Parent, Daniel L. Civco, and Alejandro M. Blei

    This report—the precursor to Planet of Cities—provides policy makers and planners with a conceptual framework for understanding urban expansion and provides research-based suggestions for...

  5. Payments in Lieu of Taxes

    Balancing Municipal and Nonprofit Interests
    Policy Focus Reports
    November 2010

    Payments in lieu of taxes (PILOT) programs for nonprofits provide crucial revenue for many municipalities, but they are not perfect. Through case studies and research, this report provides guidelines...

  6. Large Landscape Conservation

    A Strategic Framework for Policy and Action
    Policy Focus Reports
    May 2010
    Matthew McKinney, Lynn Scarlett, and Daniel Kemmis

    The most important land and water conservation issues facing North America—including land use patterns, sustainable water management, biodiversity protection, and adaptation to climate change...

  7. Assessing the Theory and Practice of Land Value Taxation

    Policy Focus Reports
    February 2010

    Through an examination of more than 30 countries and several U.S. municipalities that have implemented a land value tax as an alternative to the traditional property tax, this report helps officials...

  8. Planning for Climate Change in the West

    Policy Focus Reports
    January 2010
    Rebecca Carter and Susan Culp

    Planning for Climate Change in the West offers regional planners techniques for addressing climate change concerns while they focus on issues affecting regional growth. A warmer and dryer climate in...

  9. Urban Planning Tools for Climate Change Mitigation

    Policy Focus Reports
    August 2009
    Patrick M. Condon, Duncan Cavens, and Nicole Miller

    Land use patterns and urban form can strongly impact an urban community’s contribution to global climate change through the production of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Key contributors to a...

  10. Evaluating Smart Growth

    State and Local Policy Outcomes
    Policy Focus Reports
    June 2009
    Gregory K. Ingram and Yu-Hung Hong

    As smart growth programs in some states approach their fourth decade, new climate change concerns have raised the stakes on their success in managing urban development. This is an opportune time to...

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