|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Thu, 7 Aug 2008 16:06:03 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-BIF] Turning Brownfields Into Greenbacks (Michigan)|
Turning Brownfields Into Greenbacks By Jon Zemke Metromode (Detroit, MI) August 7, 2008In 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 http://www.metromodemedia.com/features/EcDevBrownfields0079.aspx -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Brownfields mailing list Brownfields@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/brownfields-cpeo.org
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