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Can Colorado's water rights system hold up in the face of scarcity and climate change, or does it need to be adjusted to accommodate free markets? Great Carver Colloquium debate last night
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Fewer than half of states monitor local fiscal health and only eight have early warnings for distress, according to a new report from The Pew Charitable Trusts
As local governments across the country struggle to resolve budgetary challenges, some states are exploring ways to help their counties, cities, towns, and villages avoid defaulting on loans or filing for bankruptcy.
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The White House is calling for zoning reform, density bonuses and many other strategies to develop more affordable housing, citing our work on inclusionary housing. Full Housing Development Toolkit here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/images/Housing_Development_Toolkit%20f.2.pdf
The Obama administration is taking on the crisis of rising rents in American cities, releasing a series of recommendations today to spur the construction of more affordable housing. Among the many ideas the White House endorses: allowing more multi-family housing near transit and getting rid of ...
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"Infrastructure requires fundamental choices on land use." We couldn't agree more.
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Inc. Magazine explains why a higher property tax rate isn't necessarily a bad thing
Property values, government spending, and the presence of a sales tax account for the driver factors.
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Why managed retreat must be part of the climate resilience conversation: our new report with the Regional Plan Association
In the face of rising sea levels, more frequent and severe storms, and other climate change risks, flood-prone communities need to give greater consideration to strategic retreat through buyouts, a policy tool for removing residential development from the most vulnerable areas.
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Nature digs into smaller cities, regional governance and more as the Habitat III Conference approaches
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We continue to look closely at the effectiveness of tax increment finance (TIF). Here's the latest from our engagement with the International Association of Assessing Officers
For years, communities have faced a basic question about tax increment finance, better known as TIF: do they stimulate economic development, or merely capture revenue from growth that is already occurring? A Lincoln Institute delegation at last month’s annual conference of the International Association of Assessing Officers hosted a half-day panel to help tease out some answers.
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Robin Hacke of the Kresge Foundation and David Wood of Harvard’s Initiative for Responsible Investment explain why we need a better framework for community investing.
Whether the goal is economic development, affordable housing, environmental sustainability, or healthier places, investing meaningfully in communities requires a mix of public, philanthropic, and for-profit investment. But many communities lack the environment and the institutions that can help channel funding to the right places.
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Our latest report with the Regional Plan Association
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Our Global Municipal Database will help ensure that the Habitat III Conferenceleads to stronger local government and a better quality of life for billions of city dwellers
Municipal finances can be a murky area in some parts of the developing world. In some cities, even basic information about how much money is going into the local budget and how much is going out can be difficult to find. Two projects set to launch in the coming months aim to address this problem ...
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The latest from Next City on Tijuana's bus rapid transit investment, with comments from our senior researcher Enrique Silva and a look at how transit can increase nearby property values.
The Mexican border city is moving from old U.S. school buses to a 23-mile bus rapid transit system.
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The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is an independent, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to help solve global economic, social, and environmental challenges to improve the quality of life through creative approaches to the use, taxation, and stewardship of land. As a private operating foundation whose origins date to 1946, the Lincoln Institute seeks to inform public dialogue and decisions about land policy through research, training, and effective communication. By bringing together scholars, practitioners, public officials, policy makers, journalists, and involved citizens, the Lincoln Institute integrates theory and practice and provides a forum for multidisciplinary perspectives on public policy concerning land, both in the United States and internationally.
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