Brownfield

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Brownfield

1. Unused land previously utilized for industrial or other commercial purposes, especially land that is polluted or otherwise contaminated. Municipalities and private businesses sometimes attempt to clean up brownfields and/or find new uses for them.

2. More generally, land no longer in use. The term in this sense is most common the United Kingdom and Australia.
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Why not also create a nice mega-car park and a new rail station on the brown fields by the Ely roundabout - there are two lines (city and main) going past at this point - run a rail shuttle from the new station, every 10 minutes.
Is it green fields or brown fields that hold the answer to Britain's severe housing shortage?
Builders who opt for redevelopment receive little state support for improving antiquated or insufficient infrastructure, few tax breaks, and no help remedying waste sites, also known as brown fields.
Unless the city of Los Angeles finds a way to reuse some of the larger brown fields there is just going to be a dearth of industrial real estate space,'' Kosmont said.