NEW! 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Land Matters Podcast, Season 4, Episode 1
Three scholars retiring from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy—Armando Carbonell, who led programs in urban planning and land conservation; Daphne Kenyon, an economist studying the property tax and municipal finance; and Martim Smolka, director of the Latin America program—share thoughts on what it takes for a nonprofit organization to have real-world impact. Read our show notes for links and resources discussed in this episode.
Confronting Extreme Heat in Africa
Land Matters Podcast, Season 3, Episode 8
The mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone, Yvonne Aki-Sawyer, explains her appointment of Africa’s first chief heat officer, fighting climate change with land use planning and planting a million trees, and an overhaul of the property tax system to ensure fiscal sustainability. Read our show notes for links and resources discussed in this episode.
Land Value Capture, Explained
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.
Financing A City's Vision (Case Study)
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.
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
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.
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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