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    Author(s): JunJie Wu; Wenchao Xu; Ralph J. Alig
    Date: 2016
    Source: The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics. 52(1): 73-97
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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    In this article we present a model to examine the optimal location, size, and budget of open space conservation and the resulting impact on land values and local fiscal conditions in an urban area. Results indicate that open space conservation can transform the defining features of an urban landscape. A well-designed open space conservation program can improve municipal services, increase total property values, and attract households to the city without substantially increasing tax burdens, while an improperly designed open space program can have the opposite effects. Results also reveal the key parameters that determine the optimal location and size of open space conservation and their fiscal and land value effects.

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    Wu, JunJie; Xu, Wenchao; Alig, Ralph J. 2016. How Do the Location, Size and Budget of Open Space Conservation Affect Land Values? The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics. 52(1): 73-97.


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    Open space conservation, Land values, Environmental amenities, Community characteristics.

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