Land Markets and Opportunities

Efficient and equitable allocation of limited land resources supports thriving communities

The Legacy Cities Initiative

Once drivers of industry and prosperity, legacy cities have been central to some of America’s most historic achievements, and they possess a strong civic spirit and culture of innovation at a time when these qualities are most needed. The Legacy Cities Initiative supports an expanding network of civic leaders, policymakers, and others who are working together to help revitalize these places equitably.

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Legacy Cities: Comparative Cities Map

Explore our interactive, searchable map of nearly 100 legacy cities, and filter cities by population, demographics, geography, economic and housing characteristics, or by the types of initiatives cities have pursued.

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Innovations in Manufactured Homes (I’m HOME) Network

The I’m HOME Network promotes manufactured housing as a safe, secure, and affordable path to home ownership. We envision widespread adoption of manufactured homes as a cost-effective, energy-efficient, and wealth-building route to home ownership that significantly helps address the nation’s growing affordable housing crisis. Utilizing research, data, and multisector collaboration, this network of homeowners, advocates, academics, policymakers, lenders, manufacturers, developers, and others works to keep the dream of affordable home ownership alive for millions of American families.

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Remaking Local Economies

For the last half-century, local governments have played a key role in economic development. With the goal of creating conditions for their residents to not just survive but thrive in place, these practices have promised residents stable jobs, educational opportunities, and improved quality of life.

Remaking Local Economies—a new research initiative spearheaded by the Lincoln Institute—is building a unique template for smaller US cities that transcends traditional growth-centric efforts, setting the stage for meaningful, truly equitable change.

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Functional Land Markets and Reduced Informality

Our society’s limited land resources must be allocated, regulated, and valued in efficient and just ways. The Lincoln Institute’s work in this area focuses on evaluating the effects of land use regulations and identifying good practices; advancing land valuation methodologies to better understand pricing, measure the costs and benefits of public policies, and strengthen property tax institutions; and building awareness of land-based financing mechanisms that can help communities improve infrastructure and reduce informality.

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