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Setting up a Rent-sharing Farm Trust in Minnesota

A report prepared on behalf of Common Ground USA

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Municipal Land Trusts

A Feasibility Study for Adoption by City of Saint Paul

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Incentivizing Local Zoning Reforms with Land Value Taxation

A Common Ground OR-WA Working Paper

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Land Value Capture, Explained

Land Value Capture, Explained

What is “land value capture”? How does it work? And why have so many communities across the world applied this financial approach? This video explains land value capture and provides examples from within the “toolbox” of instruments available to governments. It shows how communities have used land value capture to promote social equity and finance affordable housing, infrastructure, and other public goods.

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The Ownership Society

The Ownership Society

Originally published on The Rochester Development Blog, a blog about, you guessed it, development in Rochester, authored by Joseph Moore, a member of Common Ground – New York. Follow them on Twitter @CommonGroundNY

I’m just going to start this one by saying that people roping off a section of the natural world and calling it “theirs”, aka land ownership, on a society wide basis has proven to be, well, bad.

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Should Sales Tax Fund Schools in Virginia?

Should Sales Tax Fund Schools in Virginia?

Senate Bill 472, which allows any Virginia locality to raise its sales tax 1% to fund school construction projects, passed the Senate with a 28-12 vote. This does away with the previous practice of the assembly passing sales tax increases in a piecemeal fashion. However, the sales tax itself is possibly one of the worst tools to use to fund our schools.

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