It's my land, I can do whatever I want with it. ""This is our neighborhood (or city, or park), and we should be the ones deciding how it's used."" These are two strongly held - and diametrically opposed - views of appropriate land use. As John G. and Leslie Pickering Francis demonstrate, the debate about what to do with land is messy, complex, and often based on dangerously misguided principles. Raising the question of what rights ""owners"" - community, as well as individual - in fact ""have,"" the Francises argue that land stewardship transcends narrow spatial definitions. Their analysis of the discourse about property ownership offers a sophisticated, much-needed approach to land-use policy.
Property and Community: Localist Paradigms. Misreading the Paradigm of Private Property. Legal Accommodation of Private and Public Values. Concepts of Community. Beyond Locality in Land-Use Decisions. Guardianship of Global and Systemic Problems. Land Use in an Interconnected World.