Our multimedia library includes episodes of our Land Matters podcast, recordings of our events, brief explainer videos, and documentary films related to our work.

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Land Matters explores how better land use can help solve many of our biggest urban challenges, from climate change to infrastructure finance to affordable housing.

 

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NEW! COP28 and the Future of the Planet
Land Matters Podcast, Season 5, Episode 1

An assessment of what was accomplished at the recent COP28 climate summit in Dubai, including more prominence for the critical issue of land use and cities, by four members of the Lincoln Institute staff who were there. For links and resources related to this episode, please visit our show notes.

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Paige Cognetti and the Reinvention of Scranton
Land Matters Podcast, Season 4, Episode 7

Mayor Paige Cognetti is guiding the postindustrial reinvention of Scranton, a coal-mining crossroads in northeastern Pennsylvania that is President Biden’s hometown—and has gained notoriety as the setting for the TV comedy series “The Office.” For links and resources related to this episode, please visit our show notes
 

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Water in the West: Jim Holway Reflects on Decades of Problem-Solving
Land Matters Podcast, Season 4, Episode 6

Jim Holway, who retired as director of the Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy this summer, reflects on decades of trying to solve the puzzle of sustainable water resources in the West, and looks to what the future may hold. For links and resources related to this episode, please visit our show notes

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Summer of Smoke and Swelter: The Science Behind Climate-Induced Wildfires
Land Matters Podcast, Season 4, Episode 5 

Record-breaking heat, out-of-control wildfires, and eye-stinging smoke have made the impacts of climate change inescapable for millions of people this summer. Containing the destructive fires is mostly a matter of land use management, says Canadian science journalist Ed Struzik. For links and resources related to this episode, please visit our show notes.

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Staying Calm and Planning On
Land Matters Podcast, Season 4, Episode 4

The job of the urban planner is getting tougher these days, as cities confront climate change and a shortage of affordable housing, amid increasingly divided constituencies. Veteran journalist Josh Stephens shares insights from his interviews for the book Planners Across America. For links and resources related to this episode, please visit our show notes

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Leading by Example
Land Matters Podcast, Season 4, Episode 3

The former President and First Lady of Costa Rica, taking a year in the United States after being in power from 2018 to 2022, reflect on their home country’s record of leading by example on climate, from rainforest conservation to electric buses. Read our show notes for links and resources discussed in this episode.

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Housing and Hope in Cincinnati
Land Matters Podcast, Season 4, Episode 2

As a relatively affordable city protected from some of the worst effects of climate change, Cincinnati is poised for growth. In this episode of the Land Matters podcast, Mayor Aftab Pureval reflects on the challenges he is confronting—including fending off predatory real estate investors—and discusses how the city can grow thoughtfully and equitably. Read our show notes for links and resources discussed in this episode.

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Videos

For a complete library of event and explainer videos, visit the Lincoln Institute's YouTube channel.

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Land Value Capture, Explained

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What is "land value capture"? How does it work? And why have so many communities across the world applied this financial approach? This video explains land value capture and provides examples from within the "toolbox" of instruments available to governments.

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Financing A City's Vision (Case Study)

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This four-part documentary series explores a large-scale infrastructure project called the Água Espraiada Urban Operation in São Paulo, Brazil. Urban operations allow Brazilian cities to recapture the land value generated by land use changes and public investment. 

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Cultivating Change

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The Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy is focused on improving water resiliency and regional sustainability with agricultural stakeholders. This video shows how two agricultural regions are working to improve water resiliency and regional sustainability.

Property Tax 101: Why the Property Tax

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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.

Property Tax 101: The Mechanics

Property Tax 101: The Mechanics

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This explainer video walks through the mechanics of how the property tax works and why it is so stable and effective.

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Urban Land Policy Explainer Series (Spanish)

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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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