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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

October 2007

This issue hones in on socioeconomic conditions in post-Apartheid South Africa; strategies to improve U.S. state and local finances amid economic downturns; and the effects of urban land use regulations on the price of undeveloped property in Bogota, Colombia.

July 2007

This issue explores the lodging of rural migrants in China’s urbanizing villages; the unforeseen consequences of U.S. property assessment caps; international trends in the use of eminent domain; and planning tactics and aspirations of the European Union.

April 2007

This issue looks at the ubiquity of slums and informal land markets in developing nations across Latin America, Asia, and Africa; the need for a well-functioning property tax system in the Anglophone regions of Africa; and social conflicts associated with North America’s property rights movement.

January 2007

This issue explores the diversity of property rights, public-private partnerships, and other land policies across Latin America; the role of U.S. community land trusts in ensuring the preservation of affordable housing; and an uncommon and controversial use of eminent domain in one New England city.

October 2006

This issue looks at large-scale revitalization projects in London that are benefitting local communities; economic and environmental approaches to U.S. conservation easements; and the use of a variety of economic incentives to achieve land conservation in America’s heartland.

July 2006

This issue explores Maryland’s smart growth programs and a new land use reform initiative that the state is trying out; the costs, benefits, and policy framework of housing demolition and replacement projects; and the effects of informal land markets on property taxation in Latin America.

April 2006

This issue looks at land use efficiency, food security, and farmland preservation in China; and lessons learned about the effects of large-scale interventions on urban development in Brazil. It also attempts to answer the long-standing, critical question of who actually bears the burden of residential property taxes.

January 2006

This issue looks at the need for regionalistic approaches to planning in New England and elsewhere in the U.S.; the goals and challenges of using territorial and multipurpose cadastres; and how tax increment financing can serve as a tool for local economic development in North America.

October 2005

This issue explores the relationships between economic development, infrastructure, and land taxation in the U.S.; informal settlements, and overall land and housing challenges, in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro; and acquisition and redevelopment strategies for transforming vacant and abandoned properties.

July 2005

This issue looks at strategies to stabilize property taxes in volatile U.S. real estate markets; the fundamentals and policy implications of North America’s “megapolitan” (large metropolitan) areas; the evolution of housing finance policy in Chile; and the tax reform possibilities of China’s inadequate property tax system.


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