Planet of Cities
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2012
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is a think tank based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy seeks to improve quality of life through the effective use, taxation, and stewardship of land. A nonprofit private operating foundation whose origins date to 1946, the Lincoln Institute researches and recommends creative approaches to land as a solution to economic, social, and environmental challenges. Through education, training, publications, and events, the organization integrates theory and practice to inform public policy decisions worldwide. With locations in Cambridge, Washington, Phoenix, and Beijing, the Lincoln Institute is organized in seven major areas: Planning and Urban Form, Valuation and Taxation, International and Institute-Wide Initiatives, Latin America and the Caribbean, People’s Republic of China, the Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy, and the Center for Community Investment. The Lincoln Institute publishes books and Policy Focus Reports that reflect original research and also document conference proceedings.
This book puts forth a science of cities to help prepare for the mass urban in-migration expected by 2050, by which time 70 percent of the global human population is expected to live in metropolitan areas, according to the Untied Nations. Drawing on data from the Atlas of Urban Expansion, which uses satellite imagery to measure urban growth and related factors, it provides planners, elected officials, and other policy makers with the conceptual framework, basic empirical data, and practical agenda necessary to manage development at sustainable densities throughout the world.