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Brownfield Development

February 3, 2020, 12pm PST
A massive new development at the former site of a polluting power plant is moving forward in the City by the Bay.
Curbed San Francisco
July 24, 2018, 9am PDT
Brisbane, a city of about 4,700 on the southern border of San Francisco, will vote on a controversial ballot measure in November to approve or reject a mixed-use development including up to 2,200 residential units on a 660-acre vacant brownfield.
San Mateo Daily Journal
December 24, 2017, 5am PST
A lawsuit claims that the town of Edgewater and its most prolific developer worked together to defeat a proposal for yet another high-rise development with views of Manhattan
The New York Times
August 16, 2017, 8am PDT
Is the bar for health risks in brownfield development set too high? Environmental attorney Richard Opper thinks so and argues the case in this opinion piece.
UrbDeZine
July 31, 2017, 2pm PDT
Emissions from electricity generation are decreasing while those from transportation are increasing. If communities don't increase housing density to change travel patterns, it will only get worse, but the challenges may be insurmountable.
Los Angeles Times
May 25, 2017, 7am PDT
A garden in Pittsburgh has become the model for a movement to combine environmental reclamation with economic development.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Powersource
April 6, 2017, 8am PDT
A planning consultant hired by FirstEnergy is putting out the first speculative ideas for the future of a contaminated lakefront site of a most demolished power plant.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer
January 17, 2017, 10am PST
Gainesville turns contaminated land into a contemporary public greenspace to serve as the city's “Central Park."
Modern Cities
December 12, 2016, 1pm PST
Tulsa's Guthrie Green proves Tulsa, Oklahoma isn't just known for parking craters any longer.
Modern Cities
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
January 11, 2014, 1pm PST
Housing construction hasn't kept up with Britain's robust population growth. The Economist floats several ideas for spurring development: relax permissions for developing greenfields, incentivize building on brownfields, and tax the value of land.
The Economist
March 8, 2013, 1pm PST
This week, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators introduced the Brownfields Utilization, Investment and Local Development Act of 2013 (BUILD Act), a bill aimed at assisting local communities in remediating and redeveloping contaminated sites.
The Atlantic Cities
September 26, 2012, 2pm PDT
Chris Bentley reports on the complex discussions centered around what to do with the sites of two massive coal plants closing this month in Chicago. As Bentley notes, "what happens to these 132 acres in Chicago could have nationwide implications."
The Architect's Newspaper
March 28, 2012, 8am PDT
<em>BBC News</em> reports on recent moves to reform and simplify England's nationwide planning policy framework, which is used to guide planning at the local level.
BBC News
September 28, 2011, 7am PDT
Developers in Windsor, Connecticut are transforming a brownfield site into a $1 billion housing project, in the core of its corporate office center.
The New York Times
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
November 17, 2010, 7am PST
A heavily contaminated site formerly used for chemical storage in East London provides an expensive lesson in urban brownfield remediation for government officials preparing the city for the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games.
The Guardian
July 14, 2010, 1pm PDT
By an 8-3 vote at 1:35 AM, July 14, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a plan to add 10,500 homes (32% affordable) on a 720-acre brownfield site known as Hunters Point, a former shipyard, including 320 acres of parkland and open space.
San Francisco Chronicle
April 4, 2010, 9am PDT
Here's one you don't find often - a neighborhood may sue the city of Sacramento for approving an infill project they categorize as 'too suburban and car-oriented', while the city council woman extolls the infill qualities, citing SB 375 and AB 32.
The Sacramento Bee - City News