The objective of land recycling is to reuse vacant or underutilized property as a means to sustainable development. By restoring land that has already been used to productive use and accessing existing infrastructure, land recycling provides economic renewal to urban communities, preserves our natural areas, and reduces the carbon footprint of development.
Because many abandoned and underutilized properties lie within economically distressed and disadvantaged communities, land recycling often benefits historically underserved areas by increasing economic investment in the neighborhood, creating local jobs, and improving community aesthetic and pride. End-uses from land recycling may include residential, commercial, industrial or mixed-use developments, as well as parks, gardens, and other open space. These developments often provide community serving retail, day care, senior centers, entertainment and other amenities.
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