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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.