July 08, 2019

Equitable development and brownfields redevelopment

Letitia D. Moore

A major focus of the federal Superfund program is promoting revitalization of properties across the country to support and improve the communities that host contaminated sites. This broader purpose for brownfields redevelopment is the concept of equitable development. In the context of putting formerly contaminated properties back into economic circulation, regulators, local governments, and community leaders are looking to address a variety of adverse impacts, including blight, urban sprawl, and jobs and housing imbalance in economically distressed communities. Communities and regulators are asking owners and developers of contaminated and formerly contaminated properties to pursue notions of equity in the course of their brownfields redevelopment.

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