Subject: Community Landtrust Cities?
Date: Friday 11th August 2006 01:52:01 UTC (over 11 years ago)
Recent visits to the following community land trusts (CLTs): - the LA Ecovillage: http://www.laecovillage.org/ - Earthaven Ecovillage, http://earthaven.org - Celo http://come2burnsville.com/celo.html and reading about: The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (http://www.dsni.org/ [works in IE but not opera]; http://www.dsni.org/dni/ ) in _Better Together_ ( http://bettertogether.org ) have got me wondering about the implications / possibility of having an entire city operate as a sort of community land trust. A Georgian land-tax seems related. . . (or is it the opposite?) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single_Tax#Single-tax_communities So--have any of the students of urban planning on this list considered alternatives to the approach to organizing land use, land ownership, and taxation that predominates in the US? How would it work? Lois Arkin of the LA Ecovillage believes (I think) that as long as the real estate industry is focused on: Maximum Rate of Return and Highest and Best Use http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highest_and_best_use Then real estate will not be developed in the community's best interest. The following articles by Tom Wetzel (president of the San Francisco Community Land Trust: http://www.sfclt.org/ ) also address this theme: The Capitalist City or the Self-Managed City? http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=41&ItemID=5907 (from the anthology _Globalize Liberation_) http://www.zmag.org/wetzelcity.htm Here's one last link on the CLT: http://www.plannersweb.com/articles/pet112.html As it is, we already have carfree cities for the ultra-rich. . . And we're all aware that any carfree city or village will be impacted by speculation and soaring land values if it is done well. If this issue has already been addressed in the archives or in carbuster magazine, please point me there. Thanks! Colin Leath -- http://carfreeuniverse.org Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/carfree_cities/ <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: [email protected]rg <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/