Unraveling the Textile IndustryMaking 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
RACER Trust’s Proving Ground Stimulates Efficiency
Judge Robert Gerber, sitting in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, signed an order in effect creating RACER Trust in March 2011. RACER — for Revitalizing Auto Communities Environmental Response — was handed a portfolio of more than 300 properties scattered over 89 locations in… Read more
Water, Water Everywhere?
While in the following pages I will recount a number of serious localized water shortages, I can tell you at the outset, this will not be another gloom-and-doom scenario to which you are treated daily in your local and national news sources. Now, in my 54th year of professional effort… Read more