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

April 2015

This issue looks at the ubiquity of informal settlements in Peru and the corresponding risk of property titles; revitalization and stakeholder engagement efforts in Detroit; and the first comprehensive study of property tax credits and residential tax exemptions in the U.S. It also features a new digital tool created to track blighted properties.

February 2015

This issue looks at community development strategies involving anchor institutions; the policy challenges and legal issues of homeowner associations; and a national workshop focused on large landscape conservation.

October 2014

This issue explores the dynamics of Beijing’s low-income rental housing market; a vision to revitalize Detroit by reclaiming vacant, blighted parcels for public use and open space; and the critical need for investments in functioning sewage systems and other basic infrastructure to manage Brazil’s rapid population growth.

July 2014

This issue looks at walkability-focused revitalization strategies for lifeless suburban areas; winning projects—based in Manhattan, New Jersey, and elsewhere—of a federally-sponsored competition that promotes climate resilience and urban livability through innovative planning and design; and a two-day workshop on infrastructure for journalists at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

April 2014

This issue explores the support that Community Land Trusts can provide urban farmers as they grapple with land use, zoning, and property tax regulations; the financially burdensome British “window tax” of the 1600s; and the challenges of public land acquisitions in Latin America from the perspective of a socio-legal expert.

January 2014

This issue explores the successes of three U.S. Intermountain West communities in remedying distressed land subdivisions; the distribution of residential wealth in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro, and the various factors that determine residential property values; and the detrimental effects of foreclosures on local government revenues, land values, and property taxes.

October 2013

This issue looks at integrated coastal zone management tactics of Barbados; state-owned lands in the U.S. Intermountain West that offer opportunities for education-related funding and renewable energy creation; and the advantages and costs of property tax assessments that are intended to help preserve open space.

July 2013

In this issue, we feature articles on a megaproject to transform Puerto Madero, in Buenos Aires, Argentina; the conservation efforts of Kenyon College; and ongoing research into the role of government in successful post-disaster recovery efforts.

April 2013

This issue explores how, in recent years, the United Kingdom has imposed land-based taxes on the Crown’s properties in order to help fund local public services; the variability of types, and determinants of success, of land trusts in the United States; and an analysis of institutional and legal planning frameworks both here and in Europe.

January 2013

This issue features articles on the use of payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs) in Boston, tools to help communities in the Intermountain West plan for climate change and increase community resilience, and bus rapid transit (BRT) in Latin American cities.


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