Vacant Land and Urban Strategies
Terra Incognita derives from what—until now—has been the lack of substantial information about the amount and the diversity of urban vacant land. This book is based on an unprecedented survey sent to all U.S. towns with a population greater than 50,000, and contains data previously unavailable. Three cities were studied in greater depth for detailed case studies: the greater Phoenix and Seattle areas and Philadelphia-Camden. A number of other cities are cited frequently, including Boston, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Oklahoma City, among many others.
Identifying the fiscal, social, and development imperatives that drive the decisions local officials make about using vacant land, Bowman and Pagano pay particular attention to the varying dynamics of sales, property, and income taxes, and conclude with a model for making strategic decisions about land use based on a city's priorities.
About the Author
Michael A. Pagano is director of the graduate program in public administration, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and coauthor with Ann Bowman of Cityscapes and Capital: The Politics of Urban Development.
"Terra Incognita is in many ways the ideal kind of planning book. It's brief; it deals with an important but little-examined aspect of urban life; and it suggests practical ways to improve it."—Planning
"An absolutely first-rate piece of work . . . presents a powerful but easily comprehensible model for understanding the complex strategic interactions of land development possibilities, alternative sources of tax revenue, and urban political economy."—Evan McKenzie, associate professor of political science, University of Illinois at Chicago, and author of Privatopia: Homeowner Associations and the Rise of Residential Private Government
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