Property and Values offers a fresh look at property rights issues, bringing together scholars, attorneys, government officials, community development practitioners, and environmental advocates to consider new and more socially equitable forms of ownership. Based on a Harvard Law School conference organized by the Equity Trust, Inc., in cooperation with the American Bar Association's Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, the book:
explains ownership as an evolving concept, determined by social processes and changing social relations
surveys recent studies on the implications of public policy on property values
offers examples from other cultures of ownership realities unfamiliar or forgotten in the United States
compares experiments in ownership/equity allocation affecting social welfare and environmental conservation
The book synthesizes much innovative thinking on ownership in land and housing, and signals how that thinking might be used across America. Contributors – including David Abromowitz, Darby Bradley, Teresa Duclos, Sally Fairfax, Margaret Grossman, C. Ford Runge, William Singer and others – call for balance between property rights and responsibilities, between private and public rights in property, and between individual and societal interests in land.
Property and Values is a thought-provoking contribution to the literature on property for planners, lawyers, government officials, resource economists, environmental managers, and social scientists as well as for students of planning, environmental law, geography, or public policy.
PART I. New Property Perspectives Chapter 1. Property and Social Relations Chapter 2. Toward a Property Ethic of Stewardship Chapter 3. Public Sector Contributions to Private Land Value
PART II. Public, Private, and Beyond Chapter 4. Property Pluralism Chapter 5. In Lands We Trusted Chapter 6. Leasehold Interests and the Separation of Ownership and Control in U.S. Farmland
PART III. Property Insights from Abroad Chapter 7. Relative Publics and Property Rights Chapter 8. Expanding Equity by Limiting Equity Chapter 9. Empty Moscow Stores
PART IV. The New Politics of Property Chapter 10. An Essay on Community Land Trusts Chapter 11. Homemaking Chapter 12. Vermont Housing and Conservation Board Chapter 13. Conclusion