Land Lines

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January 2021

This special double issue of Land Lines commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, chronicling the organization’s history and exploring how land can serve as a solution to social, economic, and environmental challenges around the globe. From rural villagers in China to tribal nations along the Colorado River, we take a closer look at the people and places finding answers in land.

Format: June 2021

October 2020

This issue explores new collaborations between land banks and community land trusts that are unlocking affordable housing opportunities, the role of urban parks in pandemic recovery, and the connections between COVID-19, structural racism, and community investment.

Cover of the July 2020 issue of Land Lines

July 2020

This issue addresses the connections between land policy, public health, and racial justice, delving into topics including the history of biased housing policies, the future of density, and the applications of scenario planning in a pandemic.

April 2020

This issue explores how cities are becoming more resilient, from a comprehensive green infrastructure investment in Shenzhen, China, to an ambitious clean-up in Athens, Greece, to a highway replacement project in Rochester, New York.

A photograph of a modern multi-family, three-story home at night with two peaked roofs, many windows, and wood shingles. A man is entering the house and at least one person can be seen dimly inside the house. There are bushes and a bike rack, with a bike parked at it, in front of the home and trees and the night sky behind it.

January 2020

This issue explores the elimination of single-family zoning in Minneapolis, the potential for funding green infrastructure with value capture, the impacts of the shifting retail landscape on municipal fiscal health, and more.

La portada de la edición de octubre de 2019 de Land Lines muestra Independence Branch Library and Apartments en Chicago, un moderno edificio de desarrollo de uso mixto blanco con ventanas coloridas que combina una biblioteca pública con viviendas asequibles.

October 2019

In this issue, we report on an educational experiment taking root in Detroit, explore the role libraries can play in addressing affordable housing, and reveal the surprising role of games in the educational offerings of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

July 2019

This issue features excerpts from the book Design with Nature Now (October 2019), showcasing some of today’s most advanced ecological design projects, in honor of visionary landscape architect Ian McHarg. This collaboration by the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy demonstrates McHarg’s enduring influence as practitioners use his approach to confront climate change and other 21st-century challenges.

April 2019

This issue explores the future of cities, with features on scenario planning, autonomous vehicles, inclusionary housing and the YIMBY movement, and green infrastructure in legacy cities.

January 2019

This issue, celebrating the Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy and 30 years of Land Lines, includes articles on the colorful history of the Colorado River, seeking compromise in an era of drought, how western planners can integrate water and land, and more.

October 2018

This issue considers the pitfalls of tax increment financing (TIF)—a popular economic development tool that often falls short of its promise to revitalize struggling neighborhoods; affordable housing solutions for the homeless in Seattle, Los Angeles, and New York City; plus 3D-printed houses, scenario planning, land value capture, and more.

July 2018

This issue focuses on Latin America and the Caribbean, with features on community land trusts in Rio’s favelas, transit innovations in Latin America, and Puerto Rico’s recovery efforts, with an emphasis on rebuilding for greater resilience.

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