31 May '16, 12pm

Hard-Pressed Rust Belt Cities Go Green to Aid Urban Revival

Hard-Pressed Rust Belt Cities Go Green to Aid Urban Revival Gary, Indiana is joining Detroit and other fading U.S. industrial centers in an effort to turn abandoned neighborhoods and factory sites into gardens, parks, and forests. In addition to the environmental benefits, these greening initiatives may help catalyze an economic recovery. by winifred bird Depending on how you look at it, Gary, Indiana is facing either the greatest crisis in its 110-year history, or the greatest opportunity. The once-prosperous center of steel production has lost more than half its residents in the past 50 years. Just blocks from city hall, streets are so full of crumbling, burned-out houses and lush weeds that they more closely resemble the nuclear ghost town of Pripyat, near Chernobyl, than Chicago’s glitzy downtown an hour to the northwest. Air, water, and soil pollution are severe. Mich...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/greening_rust_belt_cities_de...

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