A new book from Lincoln Land Institute: Land and the City


This book, from the Lincoln Institute’s 2014 Land Policy Conference, examines issues of land use policies and their impact on sustainable urbanization in twelve chapters by distinguished researchers and an introduction by George W. McCarthy and Samuel A. Moody.

Urban Planning
2. Demographic Change and Future Urban Development, Dowell Myers and Hyojung Lee
Commentary, Ann Forsyth
3. Monitoring the Share of Land in Streets: Public Works and the Quality of Global Urban Expansion, Shlomo Angel; Commentary, Michael B. Teitz
4. Climate Change and U.S. Cities: Vulnerability, Impacts, and Adaptation, William Solecki; Commentary, Matthias Ruth

Dowell Myers and Hyojung Lee offer a cautious overview of demographic trends and their consequences for housing and urban development between 1990 and 2030. Shlomo Angel studies satellite imagery to measure the geographic expansion of 200 cities around the world. William Solecki notes that U.S. cities are playing the role of early responders to climate change problems and challenges policy makers at all levels to be collectively proactive—working together to implement broader long adaptations.

5. The Past and Future of the Urban Property Tax, Grant Driessen and Steven M. Sheffrin
Commentary, John Yinger
6. Local Government Finances During and After the Great Recession, Adam H. Langley
Commentary, Michael A. Pagano

Grant Driessen and Steven Sheffrin provide a comprehensive review of the literature on the magnitude and share of property tax revenues across large cities in the United States and  explore increasing property tax revenues in an era of mounting revenue needs. Adam Langley using data from Lincoln Institute’s Fiscally Standardized Cities (FiSC) database documents the impact of the Great Recession on major revenue sources for local governments across the nation and points out that longer term effects of the recession.

Housing Finance
7. Foreclosures and Neighborhoods: The Shape and Impacts of the U.S. Mortgage Crisis, Dan Immergluck
Commentary, James R. Follain
8. A Realistic Assessment of Housing Finance Reform, Laurie S. Goodman
Commentary, William Apgar
9. An Evaluation of China’s Land Policy and Urban Housing Markets, Joyce Y. Man
Commentary, David Geltner and Xin Zhang

Dan Immergluck documents the effects of foreclosures in the United States and  traces the patterns of subprime lending that that targeted minority home owners.  Laurie Goodman focuses on the conservatorship and reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the efforts to expand the role of private capital in such government sponsored enterprises (GSEs). Joyce Mann examines the evolution of Chinese housing policies and the growth of the Chinese housing market since the reforms of 1998 when the Chinese government ended its socialistic system of housing provision and introduced private housing markets.

Housing Policy
10. Housing Policies and Urban Development: Lessons from the Latin American Experience, 1960–2010, Eduardo Rojas; Commentary, Stephen Malpezzi
11. The Relationship Between the Rise of Private Communities and Increasing Socioeconomic Stratification, Evan McKenzie; Commentary, Gerald Korngold
12. Socioeconomic Segregation Between Schools in the United States and Latin America, 1970–2012, Anna K. Chmielewski and Corey Savage; Commentary, Tara Watson

Eduardo Rojas summarizes a selection of housing policies and outcomes across Latin America, assessing various government interventions focused on demand side interventions and supply side subsidies targeted to households. Evan McKenzie, as well as Anna Chmielewski and Corey Savage look at socioeconomic segregation in slightly different ways. McKenzie points to the rise of common interest housing which takes the form of private homeowners’ associations, condominiums, and housing cooperatives.  Chmielewski and Savage link trends in inequality and segregation in an international context across Latin America, where educational systems are generally dominated by small schools and school choice.

This is the final volume in the Institute’s land policy conference series. Also available in the Land Policy series:

Education, Land, and Location (2014)
Infrastructure and Land Policies (2013)
Value Capture and Land Policies (2012)
Climate Change and Land Policies (2011)
Municipal Revenues and Land Policies (2010)
Property Rights and Land Policies (2009)
Fiscal Decentralization and Land Policies (2008)
Land Policies and Their Outcomes (2007)


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  • Topics

    • Economic Development
    • Geography
    • Housing