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The eight essays contained in this monograph were selected from On Common Ground: International Perspectives on the Community Land Trust, published in June 2020. They are gathered here because each has a similar focus on projects and uses of the community land trust in dense urban neighborhoods within larger cities.
When the first community land trusts (CLTs) began appearing in the United States during the 1970s, all were located in rural areas. By the 1980s and 1990s, this innovative form of tenure was spreading into cities, suburbs, and towns. Today, as community land trusts have spread far beyond the United States, most are urban, operating at the intersection of two world-wide movements for social change. The first is happening where people who occupy acreage under some form an informal landholding system are struggling to gain security of tenure. And second, CLTs are also aligned with a rising tide of advocacy around housing rights, happening in cities across the world.