Brownfield Redevelopment: Recycling the Urban Environment

  • Elizabeth Strom


Brownfields are properties that are or could contain contamination, usually (but not always) due to their use for industrial or commercial purposes. Because such sites are found across the country but most notably in urban areas, finding ways to remediate and reuse them is a key urban development and environmental sustainability issue. Federal, state, and local governments have adopted policies to facilitate their reuse while protecting residents, as is evident in the redevelopment of the Waterworks Park site in Tampa, Florida. While brownfield redevelopment efforts have achieved considerable success in recent decades, the field faces limitations and challenges, most notably the possibility of reduced federal regulatory and support structures.


Brownfields and redevelopment 

Further Reading

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  1. West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center.
  2. Western Pennsylvania Brownfields Center.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth Strom
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  1. 1.School of Public AffairsUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA

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