NEW! Bogota Mayor Claudia López, Breaking New Ground
Land Matters Podcast, Season 2, Episode 9
Bogota Mayor Claudia Lopez talks about local climate action, land value capture for more equitable urban development, and the importance of supporting women in society, in an interview as she was en route to the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. Read our show notes for links and resources discussed in this episode.
Bruce Babbitt on the Climate Crisis, Land Matters Podcast, Season 2, Episode 8
As world leaders descend on Glasgow, Scotland, for the COP26 climate summit, the critical role of land and water isn’t getting enough attention, says former Arizona Governor and Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt. The destruction of forests is spewing emissions and taking away natural carbon sinks. And dwindling water supplies—seen in real time in the looming crisis in the Colorado River Basin—demands immediate action, he says. Read our show notes for links and resources discussed in this episode.
Addressing Structural Racism in Urban Planning
Land Matters Podcast, Season 2, Episode 7
City planners are emerging from behind the scenes to help address some of society’s most complex challenges, including building equity and fighting racism. This summer a coalition of planners came together to acknowledge past discrimination in urban development policies and commit to becoming “change agents” to help create more racially equitable communities. Read our show notes for links and resources discussed in this episode.
Land’s Crucial Role in Fighting Climate Change
Land Matters Podcast, Season 2, Episode 6
In this summer of 2021, land is being ravaged. Wildfires burn in the western United States, Canada, and elsewhere, and the Amazon rainforest has been scorched so much for ranching and agriculture it now emits more carbon than it absorbs. Land conservation veteran Jim Levitt explains the central role of land, land management, and conservation in confronting climate change, now and in the future. Read our show notes for links and resources discussed in this episode.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson Reflects on Equity and Regeneration
Land Matters Podcast, Season 2, Episode 5
Mayor Frank Jackson is happy about the myriad efforts to revitalize Cleveland, from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to the University Circle cultural center and the recent “innovation hub” activity in tech and life sciences. But as he finishes out his fourth and final term, Jackson says that the city’s ultimate success should be defined by one standard only: whether future regeneration is equitable for all. Read our show notes for links and resources discussed in this episode.
Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui on Fast-Tracking Affordability
Land Matters Podcast, Season 2, Episode 4
Home to global tech companies and a record number of millionaires, Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been trying to make the city more accessible for all. Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui talks about recent strategies, including an innovative affordable housing overlay that awards extra height and density and includes a streamlined permitting process for below market-rate residential projects.
Lincoln Institute Leaders Reflect on a Remarkable Journey
Land Matters Podcast, Season 2, Episode 3
As the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy marks its 75th anniversary, Chair Kathryn J. Lincoln and President George W. “Mac” McCarthy reflect on the past, present, and future of an organization that recognizes the central role of land in solving some of the world’s greatest challenges, from confronting climate change to making global cities better places for all.
Coauthor of Through the Roof on How Housing Can Be More Affordable
Land Matters Podcast, Season 2, Episode 2
Rising rents are straining family budgets now more than ever, says NYU professor Ingrid Gould Ellen, coauthor of the Lincoln Institute report Through the Roof—and the pandemic has both revealed and exacerbated the affordability crisis. Local governments should establish comprehensive plans to create more housing, she says, but action at the state and federal level will help as well.
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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