When you think of brownfields, we often think of land for which there is little or only limited use. And even the potential cost of contamination cleanup make it hard to move forward.
Kathie Brown, an University of Illinois Extension educator, though encourages communities to take a new look at such sites. She says they may be opportunities and gives, in a blog post, some examples.
To help communities she lists some tips such as potential funding opportunities and encourages the community to take a long-term vision.
Extension in Illinois and across the country is focused on a variety of community development efforts. Check out this example.