1999 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: "Robert G. Paterson" <rgfp@mail.utexas.edu>
Date: Thu, 23 Sep 1999 09:24:58 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: Re: Good Examples of Bad Examples

This will probably cause a little stir, but here goes......

I'm interested in hearing about the other side of the brownfield
redevelopment game--brownfield redevelopment projects that were *not* a
great idea, or which started out as a good idea but from a community
standpoint *failed.*  For example, a moderately contaminated site that
posed little or no immediate health/environmental hazard is quickly
approved for redevelopment as a brownfield effort, but ends up
completely de-stabilizing the neighboring community because the
intensity of development was incompatible and/or off-site impacts were
not adequately mitigated (or you may describe other reasons why it was a
bad idea/effort). 

If anyone is uncomfortable responding to the whole list with examples,
please send your ideas to me, and I'll keep the source confidential. I'm
using this info for a classroom discussion---we can often learn a lot
from failures or mediocre projects with some critical reflection.


Dr. Robert G. Paterson, Associate Professor
Graduate Program in Community and Regional Planning
School of Architecture, University of Texas
Austin TX 78712-1160
512-471-0734 -- FAX 512-471-0716

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