Fall Winter 2011-2012
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Law of the Land: How the country was drawn, quartered, and privatized
Robin Hood in America
by John Hanson Mitchell
The American Narrative
by Laura Johnson
Rights of Use
We could learn a lot from the Native American system of land management and distribution of resources.
by Michael J. Caduto
From Commons to Castles
The idea of outright ownership of land as an entity such as a car or a book is a fairly new concept. And it was most firmly rooted here in the soil of North America.
by Nini Bloch
The Colossus of Zoning
The use of zoning as a means of controlling the use of land is an old idea. But here in the United States, it was established by a single—and singular—legal case.
by Thomas Conuel
Ownership and use of land depend on an exact delineation of boundaries. But lines of demarcation are not always easy to discover.
by Joe Choiniere
Origins of the Land Ethic
In the end, the success of sensible land use may not depend on a legal definition such as private or public, but on good stewardship—the essence of which was elucidated in Aldo Leopold’s classic, A Sand County Almanac, published in 1949.
by Ann Price
The Fate of Private Land
Zoning laws are not the only way of protecting land from abuse. Herewith are a variety of means to save your own backyard.
by Gayle Goddard-Taylor
If you think land use controls are too strict, take a look at the zapovedniki.
by Chris Leahy
The Zoning Reform Bill
The seemingly progressive state of Massachusetts could improve.
by Christina McDermott and Heidi Ricci