chapter  11
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Brownfield Restoration and Waterfront Redevelopment in Wisconsin's Fox Valley Cities James R. Simmons

We may be at a changing of the tide. The forty-year movement out of central cities-especially out of the older industrial cities of the frostbelt, with its attendant deleterious effects on those left behind-may now be in the process of changing. The relocation of primary industry from the central city to the urban fringe has been precipitated in part by the prospects of lower taxes, less regulation, accessible transportation, and the availability of cheap and uncontaminated green space. Recent changes in state legislation combined with innovative local plans for urban waterfront development may allow several north-central Wisconsin cities to reverse this all too familiar pattern of commercial flight.