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 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.

April 2005

This issue explores spatial development patterns in the context of the North American megapolis; current trends of U.S. conservation easements and possibilties for their reinvention; and the role of community land trusts in providing and sustaining affordable housing.

January 2005

This issue features a summary declaration of core policy issues surrounding land management and land markets in Latin America; land value in the context of large urban Latin American projects; the pivotal role of universities as anchor institutions and developers in cities and towns across the world; and the taxation system of publicly-owned land in China.

October 2004

This issue looks at land use and design innovations in private U.S. communities; Harvard Design School Loeb Fellows’ observations of land use and streetscapes in Chinese cities; U.S. politicians’ perspectives on land taxation; and urban spatial patterns and infrastructure in Beijing.

July 2004

This issue explores farmland preservation in China; the inadequacies and strengths of land regularization and upgrading programs in Latin America; balancing public values and fiduciary responsibilities when managing state trust land; and principles and tools for regional collaboration in the U.S.

April 2004

This issue offers a recap of a West Coast regional forum intended to address issues of housing affordability and traffic congestion; and looks at the implementation of waterfront redevelopment strategies in Cuba and the Netherlands, mass valuation methods for land taxation in traditional economies, and the successes and problems of cadastre systems used in Colombia and elsewhere in Latin America.

January 2004

This issue features the effects of government-run land acquisition on China’s economic future; land-value taxation as a method of promoting smart growth in the U.S.; the need for regional, landscape-scale conservation strategies and efforts; and the roles of community-based organizations (CBOs) in the redevelopment of Brownfields.

October 2003

This issue looks at the shifting political landscape of urban mega-projects in the U.S.; urban renewal actions in a South African township; and the administration of property taxes in Brazil and elsewhere in Latin America from the perspective of a Brazilian property tax advisor.

July 2003

This issue explores land management and regional planning tactics in rapidly growing Western U.S. cities; the evolution and potential value of property tax exemptions; the use of value capture methods in Colombia and elsewhere in Latin America; and forums and programs that can foster beneficial relationships between U.S. colleges their surrounding communities.


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