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Friday, April 10 • 9:50am - 10:30am
PS32.0 Finding a link between brownfields revitalization and equitable development in Southeast Florida region

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Disproportionate burdens of environmental hazards and gentrification effect of brownfields revitalization have imposed unequal quality of living conditions on people of color with relatively low economic status. The concept of Equitable Development in planning academia and practice focuses on this issue through community-based redevelopment that emphasizes community engagement in planning process and building partnerships among diverse stakeholders. However, government agencies such as Environmental Protection Agency demands guidance to effectively work with local/grass root initiatives representing local communities’ need. Community involvement strategies need systematic and active intervention. This paper has two research questions: (1) what factors of brownfields neighborhoods should be considered as criteria to define environmentally and socioeconomically burdened population? (2) What type of partnership can be a model to facilitate equitable brownfields revitalization? And what kind of constituent should consist of such partnership to be sustained? Southeast Florida region – Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties – consists of 65-percent people of color and has the largest number of brownfields/Superfund sites in Florida; thus, the region’s way to reach sustainable development heavily depends on the capability to embrace diversity of population and get abandoned properties back to productive use through community-based revitalization. Therefore, this study selects this region as a case study area and will conduct research to develop criteria to define environmentally disadvantaged population in this region and collect best brownfields revitalization practices, which have similar context to this region.


Jeniffer Shin

University of Florida

Friday April 10, 2015 9:50am - 10:30am EDT
Biscayne Ballroom (2nd floor)