Reclaiming Land and Community (Winter 2001)

Brownfields & Environmental Justice (Volume 8, No. 1: Winter 2001)

By current estimates, there are nearly half a million brownfields, or derelict and possibly contaminated sites in our cities. These abandoned places, in many cases still leaking toxic chemicals into land, air or water, are most often concentrated in low income communities where the majority of residents are people of color. Compounding the health threats posed by the brownfields sites, these communities are also more likely to harbor other undesirable and unhealthful land uses, such as power generation, sewage treatment plants, waste disposal sites, highways and truck routes.

In this issue, we bring you a number of people that are working in their communities on the problems of brownfields reuse and revitalization. Building on our work with the San Francisco Bay Area Brownfields Working Group, where community-based organizations, public officials, and city staff continue to meet to share strategy and information, we have collected articles and interviews from Boston to San Diego. Also in this issue are significant excerpts from the 1995 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report, Public Dialogues on Urban Revitalization and Brownfields: Envisioning Health & Sustainable Communities - The Search for Authentic Signs of Hope, which emphasizes the importance of environmental justice principles for brownfields.

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Editor's Notes

2  About This Issue
     by Torri Estrada & Martha Olson

Community Stories

3  LuLus and their Problems
     Interview: Michelle Alvarez

3  We've Been Given the "Teta"
     Interview: Dolores Herrera

From the Ground Up - Community Participation

5  Assessing Community Needs
     by Pamela Rice & Kaori Sakaguchi

6  Community Participation Is Key to Environmental Justice
     by Center for Energy and Environmental Policy

A New Model: Participatory Planning for Sustainable Community Development
     by Virginia Seitz

A Matter of the Law

12 Liability & Local Influence
     by Kacy C. Keys & Craig S. Keys

14 What Non Profits Need To Make It Work
     Interview: Peggy Sheppard

13 Liability & Lending Legislation

15 Out of Site, Out of Mind, The Problem of Institutional Controls
     by Robert Hersh & Kris Wernstedt


Getting a Handle on Development

17 In Detroit: Community Development Corporations Working for Environmental Justice
     by Troy Hartley

18 Why Can't Communities Get a Piece of the Pie?
     Interview: Allen Edson

19 Bethel New Life & Argonne National Laboratory
     by Torri Estrada

20 Winning Community Control, Subsidies Attract Developers
     Interview: Peggy Sheppard

20 Brownfields as a Way to Retake the Cities
     Interview: Allen Edson

State Brownfields Laws

22 From the Web: The Massachusetts Brownfields Act

23 Florida Adopts Environmental Justice Legislation

23 Pocantico Round Table
     Interview: Peggy Sheppard

Youth, Jobs and Environmental Education

24 How to Look at a Brownfield and See a Flower Garden
     by Belvie Rooks

28 Nine Mile Run Greenway
     by John Stephen

Final Words from the Front: New Risks

30 There Goes the Neighborhood

31 Gentrification
     Interview: Allen Edson

32 Brownfields Revitalization Without Displacement - A Progress Report From Portland
     by Geri Washington

33 Gentrification and Transportation are Environmental Justice Issues
     Interview: Kevia Jeffrey

33 On Working Regionally
     Interview: Allan Hippolito

34 Recommendations for Responsible Brownfield Revitalization

36 News from the Urban Habitat Program

37 What's New at the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment

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