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: January 2021

October 2010

This issue highlights U.S. foreclosure rate comparisons between standard market-rate residences and homes owned by land trusts; the effects of the national housing crisis on state and local governments; and the Lincoln Institute’s distance education curriculum in Latin America.

July 2010

This issue provides various reflections on the U.S. foreclosure crisis of the mid-2000s; an analysis of housing reform and homeowner security in Buenos Aires, Argentina; and an overview of the property tax education that the Lincoln Institute has provided to U.S. judges since 1980.

April 2010

This issue looks at the importance of home value appraisals in analyzing and instituting effective taxation and planning policies in Mexico; new strategies to implement property tax relief for Americans who need it most; and the public policy outcomes of a famed eminent domain court case in Connecticut.

January 2010

This issue highlights the expansion of the Lincoln Institute’s China Program to address land policy and urban development matters; the effect of the mid-2000s economic crisis on housing and land values; and the results of a year-and-a-half-long study to better understand land use mediation strategies across Vermont.

October 2009

This issue looks at the importance of conserving U.S. forests in mitigating the effects of climate change; an overview of the achievements and obstacles of privately-held U.S. conservation easements; and the patterns and preferences of slum households and informal settlers in Santiago, Chile.

July 2009

This issue explores the American university’s evolved role as a driver of urban development; a joint venture between the Lincoln Institute and the African Tax Institute to shed light on African property taxes; and Latin American land laws and policies as they pertain to the continent’s troubled urban planning systems.

April 2009

This issue highlights the myriad challenges of redeveloping vacant and contaminated land in U.S. cities; the features, prevalence, and outcomes of city-imposed tax and expenditure limits; and an analysis of measuring housing informality in Latin America.

January 2009

This issue looks at the key components of a national infrastructure and economic development plan for the U.S.; an explanation of the benefits and controversies surrounding property taxes; and various aspects of inclusionary housing programs, including incentives and land value capture.

October 2008

This issue features an overview of revitalization efforts and needs in Beijing and Shanghai; value-based property taxation methods of Central and Eastern Europe; and how Panama City's historic preservation and inclusive development tactics can serve as lessons for sound urban development elsewhere.

July 2008

This issue looks at place-making strategies to combat poverty, unemployment, and other issues plaguing U.S. cities; the dynamics and effects of urban sprawl and possible remedies to overgrown metropolises; urban housing informalities in Brazil; and an Arizona-based model for sustainable residential development.

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