In recent years there has been a surge of interest in community land trusts (CLTs) to preserve affordably priced housing, neighborhood commercial space, open space, and community gardens. This series of workshops will explore the broader history, uses and implications of land trusts as tools to preserve the commons and act as its steward; how land trusts work; and examples of functioning land trusts. It will end with a discussion about how to promote community land trusts in New York City and beyond.
John Emmeus Davis, Burlington Associates in Community Development, and editor of The Community Land Trust Reader.
Tom Angotti, Cooper Square Land Trust, New York City
Session 1. Land Trusts: History, Key Features, Types and Functions
Land trusts have long been used in the United States to preserve land for conservation. The community land trust is a vehicle for equitable development, community empowerment, and other progressive social objectives. What are the origins and defining features of the “classic” CLT? What are the most common variations and applications of this model? How have CLTs land been used to promote progressive social change?
Session 2. The ABCs of Community Land Trusts
Community land trusts generally focus on the creation and preservation of permanently affordable housing. They may also be used to preserve open space for community gardens, urban agriculture, or other open space projects. How are land trusts started, financed and organized? How can they be sustained? How do land trusts fulfill their responsibilities as stewards of the commons? What are their advantages and limitations?
Session 3. Mixing and Matching the CLT with Other Forms of Housing
Community land trusts can be paired with limited-equity cooperatives, individual homeownership, rental housing, or any other type or tenure of housing. This session will focus on the stories of different housing models, both existing and potential: Cooper Square (New York City), Dudley Street (Boston), and Central Server (Essex County, New Jersey).
Session 4. Community Land Trusts in New York City and Beyond: Strategies and Problems
How can we organize to promote land trusts as a major instrument for public land policy in New York City and other urban areas? What state and national policies can promote land trusts?