Property and Values: Alternatives to Public and Private Ownership
By Charles Geisler and Gail Daneker, eds.
Property and Values offers articles by various authors about different ways of understanding land ownership and use.
Reviewed by: Eric Howard
Land use planners and real property attorneys will find this book useful as a reference for developing ideas about the ownership of land, especially those relating to what the editors call "democratic property." In response to the controversy over takings, one article, titled "Public Sector Contributions to Private Land Value: Looking at the Ledger" offers information on how land value is increased by such things as public parks.
The book is divided into four parts. Part 1 is about "New Property Perspectives," part 2 contains three articles on the theme of "Public, Private, and Beyond," part 3 offers "Property Insights from Abroad," including a fascinating article that clarifies the market forces shaping Moscow's perennial housing squeeze. Part 4,"The New Politics of Property" presents working plans for real world implementation of the book's revised paradigm for property ownership.
Eric Howard is associate editor of Los Angeles Lawyer.