10 thoughts on “De Blasio Admin. Opens Door to Community Land Trusts

  1. This all sounds nice, but actions like this in the past have resulted in poorly maintained properties, which ultimately cost the taxpayers to fix. Sooner or later it becomes a burden when the city reclaims the property.

  2. Awesome.
    The next step is now for HPD to create a mandate for all new housing to have a 100 unit of housing to 1 Community Land Trust (or its equivalent such as Parks community garden, etc). This will create a much needed start to critically needed green spaces in NYC.

  3. An important step for our communities. There are many successful models for example cooperative Homesteading that have secured affordable housing for New Yorkers accompanied by important open space like community gardens, land trust and urban farms.

  4. If I’m reading the comments correctly, some people may be confusing community land trusts with conservation land trusts. They are different. The conservation land trusts are a vehicle for land owners to sell land to non-profit organizations, and thereby get a tax deduction. The land trusts typically keeps the land out of development and lets people enjoy the land–typically for passive recreation and other low-impact uses.

    The similarity is that the land is held by a nonprofit org and kept out of the speculative market.

  5. I disagree with rjg above. The similarity is that the land is utilized for the benefit of the community and not just to enrich certain private interests. The trick with both is to define what these benefits will be, and to manage the property in a way that achieves these benefits.

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