Key Issues

Pedestrians walk through Davis Square in Somerville Massachusetts

Made for Walking

As cities across the country today attempt to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, invest in transit, and focus on infill redevelopment as an alternative to car-dependent sprawl, Julie Campoli shows how Davis Square in Somerville, Mass. has all the essential ingredients of a well-designed, walkable neighborhood. 

These four global challenges highlight the importance of good land policy.
Land plays a central role in both the financing of infrastructure and the maintenance of basic city services for metropolitan regions throughout the world.
The story of people marginalized in metropolitan regions — whether living in slums worldwide, or in low-income communities in developed countries — begins with land.
Land policy is a powerful lever for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening resilience to climate change, and supporting conservation efforts.
For billions of people, quality of life rests on the ability of local governments to deliver public services and invest for the future. The value and use of urban land plays a key role in determining the fiscal health of municipalities.

A Universe of Policy Implications

The use and value of land have significant implications for a variety of policy issues, from economic development and local government, to climate change and urban poverty.