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Cleaning Up the Mess: Redevelopment of Urban Brownfields


  • Richard C. Hula

    (Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA,

  • Rebecca Bromley-Trujillo

    (Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA)


This article explores the impact of a brownfield redevelopment initiative in the state of Michigan. Although such programs are often perceived as having a positive impact, there is remarkably little evidence beyond anecdotal examples to support such claims. The reported analysis is based on a 5-year project to create a database capable of assessing the impact of the Michigan program. Findings indicate that a viable market for brownfield redevelopment has been created since the change in Michigan brownfield law. On average, brownfield sites have shown a decline in quality over time; however, many sites demonstrated significant improvement.

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  • Richard C. Hula & Rebecca Bromley-Trujillo, 2010. "Cleaning Up the Mess: Redevelopment of Urban Brownfields," Economic Development Quarterly, , vol. 24(3), pages 276-287, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:ecdequ:v:24:y:2010:i:3:p:276-287

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    1. Todd K. BenDor & Sara S. Metcalf & Mark Paich, 2011. "The Dynamics of Brownfield Redevelopment," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 3(6), pages 1-23, June.
    2. I-Chun Chen & Yeng-Chieh Tsai & Hwong-Wen Ma, 2016. "Toward Sustainable Brownfield Redevelopment Using Life-Cycle Thinking," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 8(10), pages 1-15, October.


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