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Measuring the Public Costs and Benefits of Brownfield versus Greenfield Development in the Greater Toronto Area

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  • Christopher A De Sousa

    (Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin — Milwaukee, Bolton Hall, Room 410, PO Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413, USA)

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This paper summarizes the findings of a study comparing the environmental, social, and economic costs and benefits accruing to the public from redeveloping brownfields versus developing greenfields for both industrial and residential uses. With data taken from relevant projects in Toronto, Canada, four prototypical development scenarios were constructed for the purpose of a cost — benefit comparison. A quantitative model was then used to calculate the various public costs and benefits associated with the different scenarios. The findings shed light on the true costs and benefits involved in development and redevelopment projects, helping policymakers better assess the feasibility of brownfield redevelopment vis-à -vis greenfield development.

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  • Christopher A De Sousa, 2002. "Measuring the Public Costs and Benefits of Brownfield versus Greenfield Development in the Greater Toronto Area," Environment and Planning B, , vol. 29(2), pages 251-280, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:envirb:v:29:y:2002:i:2:p:251-280
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    2. Joaquin Ameller & Jean-Daniel Rinaudo & Corinne Merly, 2020. "The contribution of economic science to brownfield redevelopment: a review," Post-Print hal-02532209, HAL.
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    4. Phipps, Alan G., 2008. "Reuses of closed schools in Windsor, Ontario," Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 42(1), pages 18-30, March.
    5. Il Lee & Soe Won Hwang, 2018. "Urban Entertainment Center (UEC) as a Redevelopment Strategy for Large-Scale Post-Industrial Sites in Seoul: Between Public Policy and Privatization of Planning," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 10(10), pages 1-1, October.
    6. Kris Wernstedt & Peter B. Meyer & Anna Alberini, 2006. "Attracting private investment to contaminated properties: The value of public interventions," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 25(2), pages 247-369.

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