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Making Might Out of Blight

Photo courtesy of Vai Tsuji/Flickr B-A-D: The acronym accurately reflects the condition as it relates to brownfield properties. In the redevelopment world, BAD stands for Blighted, Abandoned and Dilapidated—as in buildings that predominantly represent eyesores and public hazards in the urban infill. It's not a GOOD omen for many civic entities. Every metro area has its own stock of them—an albatross around a municipal government's neck as managing and ultimately transitioning these properties often comes with heavy lifting. The state of West Va. is one of the visionary states that crafted a plan to manage and eradicate BAD properties. The state is not anywhere near as populous as New York, Chicago, Philly or Houston, but that's immaterial: BAD structures are a scourge even for a city with a small population base. The West Va., state population is only 1.8 million, with 24,230 square miles all total and is 48th in…Log In to Read Full Article

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