08 Sep '11, 12pm

What to do with decrepit coal-fired power plants? Turn them into bookstores, museums & shops!

What to do with decrepit coal-fired power plants? Turn them into bookstores, museums & shops!

Industry analysts predict that environmental and economic factors will lead to the retirement of dozens of aging coal-fired power plants in the coming decade. Many of these occupy important locations in cities, often with valuable access to waterfronts. According to a new report, these sites present tremendous opportunities for new civic and private uses such as riverfront housing, shops and offices – as well as museums, parks and other community amenities. I agree. The report (Repurposing Legacy Power Plants: Lessons for the Future ), issued last month by the American Clean Skies Foundation, makes the case for doing exactly that, presenting eight case studies of repurposing projects that have been completed or begun. The Foundation believes that these projects provide “points of reference for business leaders, policy makers, and community stakeholders who wish to prepare ...

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