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ID Crisis: Brownfields and ‘The Beltway’

Promoting brownfield interests in Washington is a little like always being the new kid at school, say insiders: You have to figure out where you fit into the crowd and make a place for yourself there. The brownfield redevelopment agenda has natural affinities with many other issues but has always struggled to develop an identity of its own, says Charlie Bartsch, a senior fellow at ICF International in Washington, D.C., with more than 25 years of experience in brownfield reuse policy analysis. “The brownfield industry straddles economic development, economic justice, community development and a bunch of other things,” says Bartsch. “Brownfields [by itself] is just not a big enough [issue]. A lot of what happens [with successful brownfields legislation] is because it’s able to put the brownfield niche into another issue,” such as programs at the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development or the U.S. Dept. of Commerce’s Economic…Log In to Read Full Article

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