“Brownfields” and “Greenfields” are relatively new environmental terms, which perfectly communicate their respective images of abandoned industrial and commercial facilities and pristine meadows in springtime. All facility sites began as Greenfields. Used “Greenfields”
become “Brownfields” with either real or perceived environmental contamination. In the recent past Brownfields were too legally and consequently financially risky to redevelop. This contributed to inner city blight and the conversion of more Greenfields to Brownfields. By the mid
1990s it became apparent that while environmental regulations were providing a cleaner and healthier overall environment, they were contributing to inner city blight and the loss of Greenfields. This paper traces the evolution of regulations and laws that contributed to the creation of Brownfields
and their subsequent redevelopment.
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