Common Ground USA is an all-volunteer organization that promotes land value tax shifts, rent-sharing land trusts, and other commons-based approaches to social, environmental and economic issues.

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City of Yes and the NYC Planning Commission

City of Yes and the NYC Planning Commission

City of Yes for Housing Opportunity is a zoning reform proposal that would address the housing crisis by making it possible to build a little more housing in every neighborhood.

The proposal will enter public review in spring of 2024, receiving input from community boards and borough presidents before going to the City Planning Commission for a vote. If passed, it is anticipated to come for a vote before the City Council by the end of the calendar year.
A Common Ground NY member reports on the latest public meeting.

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Tips for More Effective Advocacy with Officeholders

Joshua Vincent offers success tips for tax reform advocacy Georgist activist, Common Ground USA member, and President of The Center for the Study of Economics, Joshua Vincent created a Common Ground USA guide on meeting with elected officials. On the page in this...

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Fiscal Note: “Comparable Rentals”

Fiscal Note: “Comparable Rentals”

New York City’s Comptroller Brad Lander is out with a new report on how condos and co-ops are compared with rental buildings. While comparable buildings are selected by law, the fact is, according to Lander, that most rentals are rent-stabilized (some are even more restricted by rent control), so the value of the buildings selected are much less than the condos and co-ops that are not rent-stabilized.

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How popular is Land Value Tax in 2024?

How popular is Land Value Tax in 2024?

Land Value Tax (LVT) is not a new concept, yet many with an interest in the policy have noticed a recent uptick in news stories and online discussions on the subject, as well as an increasing number of U.S. municipalities and states giving serious consideration to its adoption.  This blog couples descriptions of significant state and community-level efforts with data collected through an online survey, to describe the nature of this apparent increase in interest in LVT.

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Recent

Research

Rent-Sharing Farm Trust report cover

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