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Abstract: This thesis explores the community land trust (CLT) model as a tool for creating permanently affordable housing, and evaluates how a CLT could benefit Somerville, Massachusetts. The thesis discusses the current challenges Somerville faces in terms of rising housing prices, gentrification and displacement associated with the MBTA Green Line Extension. Interviews with key local stakeholders ... read morereveal questions, ideas, and perceived benefits and challenges associated with forming a community land trust in Somerville. The thesis then explores three active community land trusts in Chicago, IL, St. Paul, MN, and Carrboro/Chapel Hill, NC, to elicit lessons about how community land trusts function in different contexts, and ideas regarding how Somerville could utilize the model. The thesis posits that a community land trust should be created in Somerville to provide multiple benefits: create permanently affordable housing, remove land from the private market, and aggregate affordable housing throughout the city.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2015.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Christine Cousineau.
Committee: Penn Loh.
Keywords: Urban planning, and Public policy.read less