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. "The State of New Jersey doesn't understand yet what it needs to do," says Tim Sullivan, principal in charge of real estate services for the Meyers Group, a San Diego-based housing-market analyst firm.
On the other hand, Jenney's space is sometimes as empty as a Barnett Newman field painting (Jenney often paints green and brown fields, as though in mockery of Newman's famous abstract red field), with the object a kind of realist zip trivialized by the expanse of space.