Revitalizing an Urban Industrial WaterfrontInvestment in environmental cleanup and public infrastructure does not always have immediate payoffs. But with careful long-term planning, Stockton, Calif. has transformed its formally blighted waterfront into a recreational and entertainment destination and positively positioned itself for the future. After 15 years of planning and over $200 million of investment, the downtown waterfront in Stockton, has been transformed from a blighted and contaminated industrial area into revitalized public spaces. The cornerstone project of the revitalization program is the recently completed Stockton Event Center Project, winner of the 2008 US EPA Region 9 Phoenix Award. The City of Stockton has undertaken one of the more ambitious and successful Brownfields planning, cleanup, and rebuilding programs of any mid-size American city, but it has not been without its challenges. Reclaiming the Waterfront The waterfront revitalization plans of the Stockton Redevelopment Agency received a big boost starting back in 1996 when the Agency was…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