Our land value capture campaign kicks off
We are launching a global campaign to promote the adoption of land value capture, a policy approach by which communities recover and reinvest the land value generated by public investment and other government action. Learn more and click the link at the end of the article to join the campaign mailing list.
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A global conservation network comes to fruition
What began as a dispersed set of efforts in a handful of countries is evolving into a global movement to advance private and civic land conservation. Case in point is our International Land Conservation Network, which convened 160 conservationists from six continents at the 2018 Global Congress in Santiago, Chile.
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Case Study Award winners announced
Congratulations to the 17 Case Study Award winners chosen from a competition we held with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Winning projects will become part of our forthcoming digital case library.
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Lincoln Institute in the news
The Wall Street Journal digs into our Fiscally Standardized Cities database to explore the increase in fees on trash, parking, sewers, and other services … An in-depth look at Ethiopia's new railway and the potential for land value capture … How tax breaks for senior citizens, including property tax circuit breakers, compare across states … Fellow Andrew Reschovsky describes the relationship between national and local government [audio, 05:29].
On the ground
Our team engaged with policy makers and practitioners from around the globe earlier this month in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where more than 20,000 people attended World Urban Forum 9, a United Nations conference on sustainable urbanization. We led conversations to explore how land can be used to promote social equity, affordable housing, resilient infrastructure, and municipal fiscal health. To enable these outcomes, we kicked off the conference by convening experts from around the world to discuss the potential and challenges for land value capture as an urban finance tool. Our presence at the conference evinced our longstanding commitment to the New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (read our overview if you missed it last month) … Applications are open through February 26 for a course May 7-11 on land valuation and land value capture in Lima, Peru (course and application in Spanish).
Land policy update
Cities are innovating to finance sustainable urbanization … A new study looks at stagnation of housing construction in suburbs … A report on London’s Crossrail forecasts billions of dollars in land value increases along the new rail line … Puerto Rico’s informal settlements struggle with a painful recovery.
—ANTHONY FLINT & WILL JASON
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