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Partnership Launches Sustainable Community Case Study Database

The federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities has launched of the Sustainable Community Case Study database. This online resource provides access to research and reports on communities that are working with HUD, DOT, EPA, and other Federal agencies to invest in transportation, affordable housing, and environmental protection.

The database includes two new case studies on the economic benefits of the partnership’s work.

Transit as Transformation The Euclid Corridor in Cleveland -- In Cleveland, public and private investments catalyzed a striking transformation along Euclid Avenue. Construction of a new bus rapid transit (BRT) system known as the HealthLine and clean-up and redevelopment of numerous vacant and abandoned properties and infrastructure have helped revitalize the area. As a result, Euclid Avenue has seen $4.3 billion in investment and redevelopment, the addition of 22,000 square feet of retail space, and the creation of 5,000 jobs since 2005.

Turning Brownfields into Opportunities for Urban Revitalization: The North End and Park East Corridor in Milwaukee -- Redevelopment in downtown Milwaukee highlights how resources from Federal agencies, combined with State and local resources, build on each other to provide economic, environmental, and social benefits. The city cleaned up downtown Milwaukee’s largest industrial brownfield, increased the number of downtown residents, and spurred additional private-sector development. The North End, an 83‐unit, mixed‐use apartment building with about 12,000 square feet of ground‐level retail space, is now located on the brownfield, which has increased property values and the city’s tax base.

The Sustainable Community Case Study database joins other resources available at www.sustainablecommunities.gov