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Brownfield Sites: Causes, Effects, and Solutions.

Bjelland, Mark D.

Brownfields emerged as a major public policy issue in the 1990s. Clean up and redevelopment of these obsolete and contaminated industrial areas has been particularly innovative in the Twin Cities metro area. This article discusses the cycles of industrial investment and disinvestment that cause brownfields, the geography of environmental contamination, barriers to redevelopment, and the tools Minnesota has used in recycling decaying industrial lands. Four case studies detail how brownfields are being reclaimed in the metro area. The article concludes with five policy recommendations that, if followed, would further improve this process. At core, the dysfunctional land development system that produces brownfields needs to be changed if the brownfield problem is to be truly solved.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Based on a doctoral dissertation supported by the John R. Borchert Fellowship.
30 (1): 1-10
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Reporter 30 (1)