2008 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2008 16:06:03 -0700 (PDT)
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Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Turning Brownfields Into Greenbacks (Michigan)
Turning Brownfields Into Greenbacks

By Jon Zemke
Metromode (Detroit, MI)
August 7, 2008

In a normal Michigan world the River of Glass wouldn't be in the location it is today. The glass blowing shop took over an old gas station on the edge of downtown Mt. Clemens earlier this year and has turned it into an eclectic gem of a store that adds to the city's unique character.

For years, the 1950s-era gas station was boarded up and abandoned. Spilled automotive fluid and old rusting tanks filled with gas, oil and who knows what else made the property an undevelopable blight.

Conventional Metro Detroit wisdom said knock it down and leave it as a vacant parking lot with the hope that someone would redevelop it one day. It's the path of least resistance, a strategy used time after time by Michiganders, leaving blocks of vacant dead space between downtowns and their adjacent neighborhoods.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
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