Brownfields are abandoned or underutilized industrial and commercial sites that are, or are perceived to be, chemically, physically, or biologically contaminated. In the early 1990s, a coalition of big-city mayors and legislators from urban industrial states pressured the US Congress and the US Environmental Protection Agency to start a pilot program that would turn these eyesores into new factories, businesses, and other job- and tax-creating activities. Housing was not an initial focus.
Should housing be built on former brownfield sites?
Greenberg, M. (2002). Should housing be built on former brownfield sites? American journal of public health, 92(5), 703-705. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.92.5.703