Red Fields to Green Fields is a national research effort led by Georgia Tech Research Institute in partnership with the City Parks Alliance to evaluate the potential impacts of converting financially and/or physically distressed commercial real estate to land banks — and ultimately greenspace and parks. The initiative has the potential to create jobs, stabilize the housing market and create more sustainable communities while unlocking bad debt frozen in banks. Studies have been conducted in 11 U.S. cities including Atlanta, Cleveland, Detroit, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Wilmington, and Hilton Head Island. The project has involved 14 universities and numerous non-profit, municipal, state, and federal agencies and is supported by the Speedwell Foundation. For more information, see www.rftgf.org.
Facilitator: Kathy Blaha, Kathy Blaha Consulting
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