Center for Land Use
When a location brought to CLUI’s attention meets these benchmarks, an independent field
researcher will visit and photograph the site to identify its defining characteristics. This emphasis
on “ground truth”— empirical, descriptive observation-is essential to the organization’s
methodology. While preexisting narratives about a site can reflect the interests of property or
government, CLUI strives to articulate an unbiased, politically neutral account of land use.