What is a community land trust?

March 26th 7PM

Community-led development on community-owned land: Origins and evolution of the community land trust

Conference by John Davis
Conference by John Davis

As gentrification uproots people from their homes, community land ownership has the potential to take back the destiny of our society and economy and put it in the hands of the people. Community land trusts (CLTs) protect land against market speculation, corporate control, and state mismanagement, and allows property to be democratically and collectively owned for the common good forever. They are especially used for community housing and organic agriculture, but they can also be used for the social and solidarity economy, ecological preservation, parks, community spaces, the arts, and heritage protection.

Conference by John Davis
Presentation of Roots & Branches, part of Center for Community Land Trust Innovation of which John Davis is co-director.

John Davis’ book “Manuel d’antispéculation immobilière” (Editions Ecosociété, 2014), a translation of the “Community Land Trust Reader” (2010), will be available for sale.

He will also screen his short film Arc of Justice. (22 min)

John Emmeus Davisis a co-founder of Burlington Associates in Community Development, a national consulting cooperative. He was on the staff of the Institute for Community Economics from 1981 to 1985 and later served for ten years as the housing director for the City of Burlington, Vermont (under Mayor Bernie Sanders). He co-authored the federal definition of a CLT that was enacted into U.S. law in 1992.

More info on John E. Davis

At: Maison du développement durable – 50, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montréal H2X 3V4

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