One of the most interesting and unexpected portions of last Thursday's gig - Getting Smarter about Decline... - was the introduction of vacant and former industrial sites to the conversation and equation about vacancy and urban decline. This afternoon Michael Clarke - LISC Buffalo - sent me a copy of Eric Hodderson's observations and commentary about European Union Urban Policy. He mentioned Hoddderson's work Thursday afternoon towards the end of the presentation. I've made a few small formatting changes and archived his June 2006 writing here:
Here, Hodderson focuses his attention on the brownfield reclamation efforts in the heavily industrialized area of the Ruhrgebeit in Germany. This area is better known as Emscher Landschaft Park. A few additional links illustrate many of Hodderson's points.
The slide shows are very easy to navigate and will provide a good visual orientation to the project's scope.
- Emscher Landscape Park - main site, English language version
- Emscher Landscape Park Slide Shows - various slide shows, German language
- Emscher Landschaftspark - master plan, German language only - .pdf file
Here's the google satellite image of the area that Hodderson visited. I've visited the area a few times and the Ruhrgebiet is probably the most densly industrialized landscape I've ever experienced. If any fixBuffalo readers have visited this part of Germany and have some Emscher pix to share, let me know...
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