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Unraveling the Textile Industry

Making textiles is one of humanity’s oldest industries and inexpensive foreign labor has caused many U.S. manufactures to move offshore leaving many mills and factories shuttered, underused or abandoned. While often having limited environmental problems, these brownfield properties present special redevelopment challenges due to the specific functionality of the buildings and their locations in New England and the South. Brownfield News explores the textile industry and shows you how and why these properties are considered brownfields and what redevelopment opportunities they offer. Courtesy of Lowell National Historic Park James Higgins The variety of textile mill structures and canals in Lowell, Mass. When some ancient biped discovered that the matted fur of an animal hide could be duplicated at will the making of cloth began. The next step, the discovery that hair from hides could be spun into yarn and then woven into cloth allowed people to make clothing and shelter…Log In to Read Full Article

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