NEW! Moving Forward on Climate
Land Matters Podcast, Season 2, Episode 1
In the first of the year’s shows marking the 75th anniversary of the Lincoln Institute, environmentalist and author Bill McKibben breaks down the actions of the incoming Biden administration to confront the climate crisis, from rejoining the Paris accord to halting the Keystone XL pipeline. Land use and land policy, he says, are critical components as the planet readies for inevitable impacts such as rising seas, which is expected to trigger massive migration.
To Mark the End of 2020, Urban Experts Reflect on Prospects for Cities Post-COVID
Land Matters Podcast, Episode 17
As the world prepares to bid farewell to 2020, taking stock of an unprecedented year involves both understanding the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic and looking ahead to what the future may hold. New York Times reporter Emily Badger and author Diana Lind reflect on the prospects for cities, housing, and transportation in the times ahead.
Reflections on a Changing Desert Southwest from Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego
Land Matters Podcast, Episode 16
Recently reelected Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego reflects on a supercharged election season – and how, among other changes, Phoenix is becoming a more sustainable, and more urban, place. The nation’s fifth-largest metropolis is battling COVID, stepping up measures to conserve water, and providing new housing and transit options for its growing population.
Confronting a COVID Recession
Land Matters Podcast, Episode 15
With revenues down and pandemic-related expenditures up, state and local governments are facing a fiscal calamity this fall and beyond. Experts from the Lincoln Institute talk about the options ahead, including layoffs and cuts in services, and explain how the federal government could worsen the recession by leaving cities and states to struggle on their own.
Housing's Racial History
Land Matters Podcast, Episode 14
To make sense of the current discussion of affordable housing in cities or in suburbs, it is necessary to understand the history of discrimination that has been part and parcel of US housing policy and programs, says Lisa Rice, president of the National Fair Housing Alliance.
Property Tax 101: Why the Property Tax
Why is the property tax the bulwark of local government finance? What is the role of state aid in a healthy property tax system? This video explores these questions and more through the experiences of two Massachusetts municipalities with very different socioeconomic makeups: Arlington and Lawrence.
Secure Our Water Future
Weather extremes are the new normal. Climate change is undeniable. A bright and sustainable future in the West requires that we integrate land and water policy decisions. The Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy is working to secure our water future. Learn more: babbittcenter.org.
Urban Land Policy Explainer Series (Spanish)
In this series, experts from Latin America discuss fundamental concepts and case-based analysis of urban land policy topics such as value capture, transit, informal land markets and urban development.
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