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2023 Journalists Forum

Noviembre 17, 2023 - Noviembre 18, 2023

Cambridge, MA United States

Offered in inglés

The Lincoln Institute’s 2023 Journalists Forum, held November 17–18 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, explored innovations in housing affordability. Access to affordable housing has become a central issue of our times, with overburdened renters, yawning gaps in ownership rates between minority and white households, and a demand for housing that far outstrips the supply. Journalists covering housing were invited to step back and consider the often-underreported fundamental elements driving the affordability crisis, especially as they relate to land use management and fiscal and financial systems. Over the course of two days, participants explored current policy interventions, innovative solutions, and emergent debates that go to the root causes of the current housing crisis. The Journalist Forum resources are available as an online library.

Media Coverage

Welcome and Opening

Friday, November 17

Speakers

  • George W. “Mac” McCarthy, CEO and president, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
  • Monté Foster, retail market president New England, TD Bank
  • Keynote: Arthur Jemison, director, Boston Planning & Development Agency

Setting the Stage with an Interactive Discussion: State of the Nation’s Housing

Speakers

  • Daniel McCue, Joint Center for Housing Studies

Further Reading

Interventions: Zoning Reform

As more states from California to Connecticut pursue statewide zoning reform and face backlash by local governments seeking to retain control over land use, it is important to explore: What are the challenges facing states that seek to implement statewide land use reform? What do we know about the effects of changing land use regulations on housing supply and housing prices? When can we realistically expect to observe the results of these policies on the ground?

Speakers

  • Jessie Grogan, associate director, Reduced Poverty and Spatial Inequality, Lincoln Institute
  • Patrick Condon, University of British Columbia
  • Jenny Schuetz, Brookings Institution
  • David Garcia, Terner Center at UC Berkeley
  • Journalist moderator: Diana Lind 

Further Reading

Interventions II: Tax Policy

Cities are considering the effects of their tax systems on housing affordability. In Detroit, a land value tax has been proposed to lower residential taxes and encourage development. A well-functioning property tax based on market value might play a similar role in other jurisdictions. The design of property tax relief programs and homestead exemptions also has important implications for affordability.

Speakers

  • Jay Rising, chief financial officer, City of Detroit
  • Nick Allen, MIT
  • Joan Youngman, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
  • Ron Rakow, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
  • Journalist moderator: Liam Dillon 

Further Reading

Interventions III: Institutional Investors

Private sector actors are purchasing residential properties at significant rates, especially in cities with traditionally weak real estate markets. Affordable housing advocates seek to analyze who is buying up local properties, when, where, and over what period, to inform a series of real estate, capital, and other interventions. This session looks at attempts to manage institutional investors who are buying, flipping, or charging often-high rents for properties in legacy cities and elsewhere, using data available through new mapping tools; with special attention to the case study of Cincinnati, where bond financing was used to purchase nearly 200 fixer-uppers, outbidding outside investors.

Speakers

  • Aftab Pureval, Mayor of Cincinnati (on video)
  • Robert J. McGrail, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
  • Jeff Allenby, Center for Geospatial Solutions, “Who Owns America” initiative
  • David Howard, CEO, National Rental Home Council
  • Journalist moderator: Loren Berlin 

Further Reading

 

Welcome and Opening

Saturday, November 18

 

Speakers

  • Chris Herbert, Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University

State of the Nation’s Housing Design

Speakers

  • Dan D’Oca, Harvard University Graduate School of Design–Joint Center for Housing Studies

Innovations in Financing

After the Community Reinvestment Act and the financial crisis of 2008, a reset has been in the works for both individuals and neighborhoods to access capital, to help close the racial homeownership gap. Should homeownership be so actively encouraged? Will tweaks to the home financing system really have impact? What role can mortgage markets play in facilitating access to housing for households with lower incomes?

Speakers

  • Jim Gray, senior fellow, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Underserved Mortgage Markets Coalition and Innovations in Manufactured Homes Network (I’m HOME) program
  • Chrystal Kornegay, MassHousing
  • Majurial (MJ) Watkins, community mortgage sales manager, TD Bank
  • Chris Herbert, Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University
  • Journalist moderator: Chris Arnold 

Further Reading

Proposals and Provocations: A Discussion with the Lincoln Institute

This session synthesizes the approaches the Lincoln Institute is currently taking to help address the housing affordability crisis in the United States. Lincoln Institute staff present key ideas of our work at the intersection of land and housing, and provoke a conversation by asking the audience: What will it take to cover these issues? How do we make them accessible to large and diverse audiences? What topics or angles might be missing in our work?

Speakers

  • Equity and Opportunity for Affordable Housing—Jessie Grogan and Semida Munteanu
  • The Federal Government’s Role: Underserved Mortgage Markets Coalition, I’m HOME (manufactured homes)—Arica Young
  • Capital Absorption as a Platform in Housing for Racial Equity and Health—Omar Carrillo Tinajero, director of partnerships and initiatives, Center for Community Investment
  • Greening Without Displacement—Amy Cotter, director, Climate Strategies
  • Moderator: David Luberoff, Joint Center for Housing Studies

Further Reading

Practicing the Craft

Traditional concluding roundtable of journalists talking about the challenges of covering housing; looking ahead to new frameworks and narratives, storytelling methods, and better use of data and graphics.

Facilitators

  • Paige Carlson-Heim, TD Charitable Foundation
  • Shelley Silva, TD Bank
  • Anthony Flint, Lincoln Institute

Details

Date
Noviembre 17, 2023 - Noviembre 18, 2023
Location
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
113 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA United States
Language
inglés

Keywords

desarrollo comunitario, vivienda, banco de tierras, fideicomiso de suelo, uso de suelo, planificación de uso de suelo, valor del suelo, tributación del valor del suelo, impuesto a base de suelo, gobierno local, mapeo, planificación, tributación inmobilaria, reutilización de suelo urbano, desajuste espacial, partes interesadas, desarrollo sostenible, desarrollo orientado a transporte, diseño urbano, desarrollo urbano, regeneración urbana