Theses Master's

Community Land Trusts: Building Affordable Housing and Community

Dement, Avery

Community Land Trusts are a unique affordable housing model predicated on radical community participation and the separation land ownership from housing ownership. This thesis explores the model's applicability in a dense urban context through a case study of the Cooper Square Community Land Trust in New York City. Affordability and community participation are the two fundamental purposes of the model. Through a series of indicators and qualitative interviews, the results found that Cooper Square succeeded in maintaining affordability and including community in the governance structure, but did not succeed in creating a larger sense of community purpose.


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Academic Units
Urban Planning
Thesis Advisors
Tajbakhsh, Kian Y.
M.S., Columbia University
Published Here
June 29, 2018