Land Lines

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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.

Format: August 2020
Cover of the October 2017 Issue of Land Lines

October 2017

This issue celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the Peking University–Lincoln Institute Center for Urban Development and Land Policy, with articles on GIS-assisted mass appraisal in Shenzhen, sponge cities, drones and land policy, conserving panda habitat, and WeChat Pay.

July 2017

This issue looks at strategies for revitalizing America’s smaller legacy cities, GASB 77 and the cost of property tax incentives for business, the future of U.S. public school revenue from the property tax, and Making Sense of Place, a Lincoln Institute initiative that will explore our human ties to land.

April 2017

This issue looks at value capture; business tax incentives; what app data can do for city planners; the latest comprehensive plans in Denver, Seattle, and Boston, where climate resilience and equity top the urban agenda; and the Capital Absorption Framework for community investment, helping cities attract and deploy the land, money, and other resources they need to improve quality of life.

February 2017

This issue features content on planning for greater social equity, the mystery of unspent federal grants, the future of conservation finance in Chile, the challenge of transplanting urban innovations, and the growing market for app-activated bike-shares in China.

October 2016

In this special edition for Habitat III we map the future—with content on the New Urban Agenda; the 2016 Atlas of Urban Expansion, sponsored by UN-Habitat, New York University, and the Lincoln Institute; the Chesapeake Conservancy’s groundbreaking high-resolution land cover GIS; and the need for a U.S. infrastructure upgrade: a WPA 2.0.

July 2016

In this issue, we feature articles on managed retreat, gentle infill, verifying green bonds, and subsidized Uber in the suburbs, as well as a policy brief on nonprofit PILOTs (payments in lieu of taxes).

April 2016

In this issue, we feature articles on alternatives to a bill that would kill the school property tax in Pennsylvania, exploratory scenario planning, post-disaster recovery planning, CoUrbanize’s online community planning forum, and more.

February 2016

In this issue, we debut our logo redesign and preview two important new books by Lincoln Institute program directors: A Good Tax: Legal and Policy Issues for the Property Tax in the United States, by Joan Youngman, and Nature and Cities: The Ecological Imperative in Urban Design and Planning, edited by Armando Carbonell along with Frederick R. Steiner and George F. Thompson.

October 2015

In this issue, we feature articles on water as a cash crop in the West, technology cures for municipal fiscal health, and the Working Cities challenge.

July 2015

This issue highlights eco-friendly and affordable manufactured homes of the 21st century; burgeoning yet illicit residential development in China; and the evolution of community land trusts from grassroots groups. It also looks at, a digital tool intended to boost communities’ walkability; and sheds light on the impacts of land use regulations in Latin America from the perspective of an Argentinian-based urban economist.


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