The Lincoln Lecture series for the fall is set, beginning with USA Today reporter Haya El Nasser on Oct. 1 at noon at Lincoln House, for Trends in Demographics and Settlement Patterns: A Journalist's View. El Nasser, who joined the newspaper in 1983, plans to discuss the composition and physical distribution of American society in the context of the current housing crisis, rising energy and transportation costs, and climate change. With the U.S. population over 300 million, and headed to 420 million by 2050, according to the US Census, development patterns will change as the demographic composition of the population transforms, she believes.
Next is Inclusionary Housing: A North American/European Comparative Perspective, with Nico Calavita, professor in the Graduate Program in City Planning at San Diego State University and an authority on linkage fees and regulatory responses to the housing crisis, and Alan Mallach, nonresident senior fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program at The Brookings Institution, a visiting scholar in the community affairs department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, and a visiting lecturer in the graduate city planning program at Rutgers University. On October 24 at noon at Lincoln House, Calavita and Mallach will explore the evolving systems of incentives and requirements for developer-produced affordable housing in the U.S., and parallel shifts in economic and social policy in France, the United Kingdom, and other European nations. Key themes will include the relationship between inclusionary requirements and land value, and the use of inclusionary housing as a land value recapture mechanism.
Finally, former Massachusetts Governor Michael S. Dukakis will be at Lincoln House at noon on November 19, for Linking Cities by High-Speed Rail: What the Future Holds, a post-election analysis of what it will take to match the transportation infrastructure investments already being made in Asia and Europe. Dukakis, formerly vice chairman of the board of Amtrak, will note the ways that future transportation policies will likely be more closely tied to land use and U.S. regions that share common economic development and environmental goals, such as the Boston-Washington corridor.
An addition to the lineup in a more intimate gathering is Hui Shan, a dissertation fellow at the Lincoln Institute, on October 3 at noon at Lincoln House, for Property Taxes and Elderly Mobility, a discussion of housing-rich but income-poor elderly homeowners who often complain about rising property tax burdens. The talk will include a systematic analysis of the link between property tax levels and the mobility rate of elderly homeowners, using household-level panel data from the Health and Retirement Study and a newly collected data set on state-provided property tax relief programs.
Each event is free and open to the public, at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy at 113 Brattle Street in CAMBRIDGE, Mass., and lunch is served.