Digital archive of Community Land Trust movement

Posted by Roots & Branches on May 5, 2014

ROOTS & BRANCHES is a digital archive of historical materials tracing the origins and evolution of the community land trust (CLT), as both a model and a movement.

Our focus for now is on the United States, although homage is paid to the international precedents on which the modern-day CLT is based. The model pioneered in North America in the 1970s has now leapt across the seas to inspire fledgling CLT movements in Australia, Belgium, England, and France. In the future, we plan to add materials from these countries to those we have already collected from the USA.

This website is an outgrowth of a slide show created by John Emmeus Davis for the National CLT Network, entitled Roots of the CLT. That production has been revised many times since its debut in 2006. The latest edition can be found here, under Videos.

Another seedbed for Roots & Branches is the opening essay in The Community Land Trust Reader, published in 2010 by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Entitled “Origins and Evolution of the Community Land Trust in the United States,” this historical essay has been updated, revised, and converted into a mini-ebook – which can be read or downloaded by clicking here.


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