Value Capture and Its Dissents 2

Type: Virtual Paper
Sponsor Groups: Economic Geography Specialty Group, Urban Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:20 PM (PST)
Room: Virtual 34
Organizers: Renee Tapp, Hung-Ying Chen
Chairs: Hung-Ying Chen


For cities and states with big dreams but limited budgets, value capture is quickly emerging as a silver bullet strategy to finance urban development. The premise is simple: cities should recover the value generated by public expenditures from private property owners. Leveraging regulatory tools and public financing instruments—taxation, fees, permits, rights, options, bonds, trust, and local service agreements—cities unlock value in the under-utilized built environment, bolster demand for these assets in the private sector, and reclaim value at a later date. While value capture unites a wide range of urban actors from central and local states to think tanks, development banks, and Keynesian economists, critics argue that in practice value capture is a resource frontier to channel windfall gains. These critiques ultimately call into question the state’s ability to wrestle value back from the private sector and financial markets. At both an empirical and conceptual level, the emergence of value capture interweaves fiscal geographies (Tapp and Kay 2019) with real estate financing (Chen 2019; O’Neill 2018; Tapp 2019; Weber 2016) as the cyclical imperative of devaluing and revaluing property (Knuth et. al 2019) becomes both the means and ends that drive urban futures (Dunning et al. 2019).

To explore the various linkages between public and private finances, this session seeks to bring together scholars and researchers working across the globe on issues related to the promises, operations, and pitfalls of value capture.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Introduction Hung-Ying Chen Durham University 1 3:05 PM
Presenter Joe Penny*, , ‘Revenue Generating Machines’? London’s Local Housing Companies and the Cruel Optimism of Lean-in Urban Neoliberalism 15 3:06 PM
Presenter Laura Wolf-Powers*, Hunter College, City University of New York, Challenging the politics-as-usual of value capture: the case of Gowanus, Brooklyn 15 3:21 PM
Presenter Rachel Weber*, University of Illinois At Chicago, Bridget Fisher, New School, Land Value Creation, Capture, and Destruction: Hudson Yards and its Discontents 15 3:36 PM
Presenter Minjee Kim*, Florida State University, Recognizing, Capturing, and Distributing Value 15 3:51 PM
Discussant Hung-Ying Chen Durham University 14 4:06 PM

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