Brownfields

August 11, 2016, 10am PDT
A 660-acre Bay Area brownfield served by commuter and light rail is the latest battleground between suburban communities intent on preserving open space and quality of life and meeting the Bay Area's unmet housing demand.
The Washington Post - Wonkblog
August 28, 2013, 6am PDT
Far from applying the government's policy of brownfield first, the number of new houses planned for greenfield sites has doubled since reform of the planning system in England reduced protection for greenbelt land.
The Telegraph
December 13, 2012, 5am PST
Ronda Kaysen reports on the growing trend in transforming brownfield sites in disadvantaged communities into health centers, "in essence taking a potential source of health problems for a community and turning it into a place for health care."
The New York Times
July 30, 2012, 5am PDT
Finding new uses for vacant gas stations is a major challenge throughout the U.S. The days of the small, independent service station are fading, yet they often occupy prime, gateway sites. Whether razed or transformed, challenges are formidable.
The New York Times - Commercial
December 20, 2011, 11am PST
A former industrial corridor in Benton Harbor, Michigan is being transformed into a resort community complete with golf course.
The New York Times
October 8, 2011, 9am PDT
Architecture for Humanity has asked 9 design firms to dream up an upgrade for Coleman Oval Skate Park, which is located directly underneath the Manhattan Bridge.
The Architect's Newspaper
September 7, 2011, 6am PDT
Beckholmen, an island off Stockholm, has been an industrial and shipping center since the 1600s. Today, the city is looking at ways to revitalize the island while preserving the industry that has dominated it for so long.
POLIS
July 6, 2011, 5am PDT
The City Parks blog looks at Santa Fe Railyard Park and Plaza, one of the winners of this year's Rudy Bruner Awards for Urban Excellence.
City Parks Blog
July 3, 2011, 5am PDT
Communities across the country are trying to reuse contaminated brownfields as sites for the production of clean energy.
Yale Environment 360
June 22, 2011, 9am PDT
The idea of tuning toxic or polluted sites into parks has been creating new green spaces in cities throughout the country. It's also re-starting the real estate market.
THE DIRT
June 15, 2011, 12pm PDT
With the unlikely help of a group called the Mayors Automotive Coalition, down-at-the-heels towns are reinventing themselves - in various shades of green.
OnEarth
June 8, 2011, 11am PDT
That's how Christopher Hume describes the Toronto area that will soon be Underpass Park, a mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhood for 6,000 people.
The Toronto Star
June 1, 2011, 11am PDT
A citywide brownfields recovery program in New York City has been cleaning up polluted sites, allowing new developments to move in on formerly vacant areas. But some worry the program is fueling gentrification.
Gotham Gazette
April 15, 2011, 5am PDT
Cities across the country are re-utilizing brownfield sites as solar farms.
Sustainable Cities Collective
February 4, 2011, 12pm PST
An environmental watchdog group reveals that funds from New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program are not going to clean up the lower-income communities they were intended to help.
readMedia
January 21, 2011, 7am PST
According to this article in Area Development Online, developing a brownfield is a no-brainer: infrastructure is in place, governments have redevelopment funds to support it, and "the PR flip is huge."
Area Development Online
December 30, 2010, 12pm PST
"Phytoremediation" is a growing field (pun intended) of practice that uses particular types of plants to leech toxic materials out of the soil in contaminated sites.
ASLA's The Dirt blog
November 7, 2010, 5am PST
With more than 11,000 acres of brownfield sites in New York City sitting underused due to contamination, officials there want to get things cleaned up and reused. Urban designer Kaja Kühl offers this field guide to small-scale bioremediation to help.
Urban Omnibus
Blog post
October 25, 2010, 8am PDT

It's Halloween time again, the day when dressing up in silly costumes is required of every conscionable person. Some opt for the scary ghost or the sexy nurse, but others, more thoughtful others, make more of this opportunity.

Nate Berg
October 5, 2010, 7am PDT
New York City has garnered new powers to institute cleanups on moderately contaminated sites, which could help revive hundreds of spots in the city that have sat empty or unused for years.
The Architect's Newspaper