John Davis: Community Land Trust: Creating Homes That Last in a Boom and Bust Economy

City and Regional Planning Fall 2010 Colloquium

John Davis is a founding partner in Burlington Associates in Community Development LLC, a national consulting cooperative specializing in the development of permanently affordable housing. He was previously employed for 10 years as the housing director for Burlington, Vermont. Davis has been a leader of the community land trust (CLT) movement in the U.S., helping it to grow from a dozen CLTs in the 1980s to more than 240 today. He presently serves as dean of the National CLT Academy. His publications include The Community Land Trust Handbook (1982), Contested Ground: Collective Action and the Urban Neighborhood (1991), The Affordable City: Toward a Third Sector Housing Policy (1994), and Shared Equity Homeownership: The Changing Landscape of Resale-Restricted, Owner-Occupied Housing (2006). His latest book, The Community Land Trust Reader, was published in May 2010. Trained as a sociologist and city planner, he holds both a master of science and a doctorate from Cornell University.

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