1999 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: "Marian Flum" <Marian_Flum@uml.edu>
Date: Fri, 28 May 1999 15:40:11 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: Re: gentrification revisited....?
Lowell has been somewhat successful in preserving its neighborhoods.
Residents have participated in a community board recommending the rebuilding
of the Acre, Lowell's poorest community.  This has been due to the excellent
organizing efforts of a community-based organization, the Coalition for a
Better Acre, which is also a community development corp.  A proposal to
build a Walgreen's complex/ strip mall, displacing long-standing  community
businesses and private housing appears to have been shot down in favor of a
plan that would retain existing small businesses, create room for small
businesses being moved due to the construction of a new school a few blocks
away, and provide new affordable housing.
Marian R. Flum
Project Director
Environmental J.O.B.S. in Lowell
University of Massachusetts Lowell
600 Suffolk St. Fifth Floor
Lowell, MA 01854

(978) 934-2534
-----Original Message-----
From: M. Taylor <taylorm@pcnet.com>
To: cpeo-brownfields@igc.org <cpeo-brownfields@igc.org>
Date: Thursday, May 27, 1999 11:25 AM
Subject: gentrification revisited....?

>For some time there has been discussion about the plight of urban poor
>when property values rise. Brownfields redevelopment adds to that
>pressure when the real estate value is encumbered by remediation
>costs-you have to try to develop for the highest use value-to recoop
>costs. Has anyone seen this successfully resolved where the resident
>community is not forced out but is able to obtain benefits from the
>Michael Taylor
>Michael B. Taylor
>Vita Nuova
>97 Head of Meadow
>Newtown, CT 06470
>Phone: 203/270-3413
>Fax: 203/270-3422

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