A behind the scenes look at what makes cities tick. Whether financing infrastructure, adapting to climate change, or building more affordable housing, a big part of innovative solutions can be traced back to land.
info_outline Designing the Future City 11/19/2019
Designing the Future City Cities around the world are hard at work on traffic congestion. Boston has established multi-modal street layouts and special drop-off zones for Uber and Lyft, at Fenway Park. But the task is about to get more complex, with the advent of driverless vehicles, delivery robots, and AI-enabled trackless trams -- all of which will require a more wholesale transformation of the cityscape. In this episode, the Lincoln Institute’s Heather Hannon explains how scenario planning can help design the future city.
info_outline The (Late) Great Climate Change Mobilization 10/23/2019
The (Late) Great Climate Change Mobilization Climate change can seem like an insurmountable challenge. But many tools and policies to decarbonize the economy and build resilience are readily available, says Billy Fleming, director of The McHarg Center and one of the editors of the new Lincoln Institute book Design with Nature Now. The green and blue infrastructure systems detailed in the book are proven solutions that need only be implemented on a larger scale – in a national mobilization similar to preparing for war or sending a man to the moon
info_outline Moves by Minneapolis 09/30/2019
Moves by Minneapolis Minneapolis may seem like an unlikely place for the start of a revolution. But as City Councilor Lisa Bender explains, the Midwestern city has passed some of the most progressive housing policies and zoning reforms in the country. The measures, including banning single-family-only zoning, are based on one important idea: that when local government changes the rules of the game to allow more building, the public should get something back in the form of more affordability.
info_outline Solutions in Slums 08/26/2019
Solutions in Slums Slums have been a feature of cities for centuries, and accelerating global urbanization has led to an estimated 1 billion living in substandard conditions. But what if cities stopped thinking of informal settlement as a problem to be solved? In this episode, the Lincoln Institute’s Enrique Silva and Theresa Williamson, who has worked for years in Rio’s favelas, exchange ideas about how to make improvements in existing communities while promoting alternatives for future settlement.
info_outline Water Meets Land 07/18/2019
Water Meets Land As the global water crisis intensifies, the Colorado River Basin is poised to become a model for how to bring together stakeholders representing agriculture, urban areas, and the natural environment. In this episode, we’ve put together highlights and takeaways from the 2019 Journalists Forum (#WaterMeetsLand) – including the importance of considering the central role of land use in the management of a dwindling resource. For more: https://www.lincolninst.edu/publications/articles/water-planning
info_outline Yes in My Backyard 06/11/2019
Yes in My Backyard The “Yes in My Backyard” movement seeks to increase the supply of housing in cities across the US, to help bring sky-high prices down. But YIMBYs face a backlash from neighborhood activists fearful of gentrification and displacement. In this episode, author and tenants advocate Randy Shaw sizes up what's needed for true affordability, including the concept of inclusionary housing. For further reading, see “Backyard Brouhaha” in Land Lines https://www.lincolninst.edu/publications/series/land-lines-ma
info_outline Let's Talk TIF 05/23/2019
Let's Talk TIF Tax increment financing is one of the most widely used – and least understood – public finance mechanisms in the U.S. today. David Merriman, author of the Lincoln Institute report Improving TIF for Economic Development, talks about what communities can do to avoid the pitfalls. For further reading, see also The Hidden Costs of TIF in Land Lines.