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Taxing the region : how local finance undermines land use goals in greater Boston

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dc.contributor.advisor Henry O. Pollakowski. en_US
dc.contributor.author Lynch, Bernadette D., 1978- en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us-ma en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-01-12T19:23:11Z
dc.date.available 2012-01-12T19:23:11Z
dc.date.copyright 2002 en_US
dc.date.issued 2002 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/68385
dc.description Thesis (M.C.P.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning, 2002. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 85-96). en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis argues that local fiscal considerations have thwarted growth management efforts in Massachusetts. Currently, Massachusetts' communities rely most heavily on the property tax for local government revenue. Since each community is autonomous and must provide schools and other local services to its residents, it is necessary to ensure that local property tax revenue is sufficient to fund local services. Therefore, as communities make planning decisions, they must weigh the fiscal impacts of development, along with aesthetic, environmental and other "smart growth" ideals. In this fiscal framework, practical fiscal considerations most often trump "smart" planning and growth management, as local leaders feel the pressure to approve development proposals that will generate the high property tax revenue and low public service demand. The four core chapters explore local fiscal barriers to planning reform, framing the metro Boston example in light of both regional understanding and the wider body of academic literature and analysis. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Bernadette D. Lynch. en_US
dc.format.extent 96 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582 en_US
dc.subject Urban Studies and Planning. en_US
dc.title Taxing the region : how local finance undermines land use goals in greater Boston en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree M.C.P. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 50852800 en_US


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