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In Print: A Good Tax: Legal and Policy Issues for the Property Tax in the United States

An attorney by training and chair of the Department of Valuation and Taxation at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, author Joan Youngman presents a crisp and balanced review of the complex administrative and political challenges posed by the assessment and collection of the annual property tax.

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Tackling Affordability in Asia

Affordable housing means many different things across the Asia Pacific region, but in every nation, the driving issue in its provision is the cost of land. That should come as no surprise; the Asian population of 4.3 billion represents 57 percent of the world total, according to United Nations data, but Asia has only 30 percent of the world’s land mass.

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Invasion of the Tech Tenants

Technology tenants’ leasing volume is at a historic high. But you have to negotiate leases differently when a tenant wants a climbing wall, dense occupancy ratios—and a welcoming attitude toward dogs and bicycles.

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July/August Issue of Urban Land Is Available for Download

The latest issue of the magazine is now available for download in the Urban Land app. The cover package for this issue is titled “Home Sweet: Softening the Edges for Dense, Urban Living.” Other topics include “Housing: Repurposing Office Space,” “Japan: Calling Uber,” and “Technology: A New Kind of Tenant.”

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Recent Articles

  • What Urbanizing Cities across the Globe Can Learn from Foshan

    July 20, 2016

    The city of Foshan lies at the heart of one of China’s most fertile deltas, across the Pearl River from the Guangdong provincial capital of Guangzhou. With 7.3 million people and a gross domestic product topping US$100 billion, Foshan serves as an exemplar of both the achievements of and challenges faced by China’s emerging metropolitan areas. Yet, with all its success, Foshan faces the same challenges as most cities around the world—attracting and retaining talent.

  • The Power of Nice: Negotiating So That Everyone Wins

    July 7, 2016

    Negotiators come out ahead by creating win-win deals that help build lasting relationships, said Ron Shapiro, speaking at this year’s ULI Washington Real Estate Trends Conference. Shapiro has previously worked as a top sports agent, lawyer, and businessman.

  • Harvard Study Finds U.S. Rental Affordability in Crisis Despite Housing Recovery

    June 29, 2016

    While the U.S. rental market has continued to expand, the markets for single-family houses and condominiums is still recovering. Affordability is an acute problem in both, according to the findings of the latest State of the Nation’s Housing report, issued by Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.

  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

    June 27, 2016

    In his recently released book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, sociologist and 2016 MacArthur Fellow Matthew Desmond explores life for low-income renters and their landlords in two high-poverty Milwaukee communities. How Housing Matters spoke with Desmond about his research and its implications for housing policy.

  • Property Values Increasingly Depend on Transit—and Mayors

    Real estate and transportation are increasingly becoming interconnected, Rob Speyer, president and chief executive of Tishman Speyer, told those attending the ULI Asia Pacific Summit in Shanghai this past June.

  • Independent, “Soft” Hotel Brands Bank on Storytelling, Social Media–Ready Moments

    June 24, 2016

    As competition for the dollars of vacationers and business travelers ratchets up, hotel companies are on a never-ending search for ways to differentiate themselves. Guests are looking for uniqueness, local flavor and history, and bespoke experiences that they can capture and share instantly through social media networks, according to a panel of hotel industry experts at the recent ULI Florida Summit in Miami.

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