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For the low, low price of $2 billion Cleveland can emerge from the decaying rust-belt and into a greener, more beautiful era.
Cleveland is littered abandoned and decrepit plots of land littered through the city. What to do with them? Well, there's plenty, and a lot of it free — sleeping quarters for the homeless and private rooms for heroin users, But the good stuff, that takes money — to tear down buildings, rehab the land, and clean up whatever environmental mess lays beneath. One group of eco-lovers has an idea, and it can be ours for 1,000,000 easy installments of $2,000, or something like that.
The Redfields to Greenfields project — redfield meaning a property that is in the red — studies the impact of turning unproductive properties into green space, like parks, in 12 U.S. cities. They have already studied the benefits in Atlanta, Cleveland, Miami, Denver, Philadelphia, and Wilmington, Del. And the results are overwhelmingly positive.
Take Cleveland, for example. Since 1950 the population has declined by 50 percent. This population loss along with the real estate bust has contributed to the 20,000 vacant lots which are scattered throughout the city. Redfields to Greenfields estimates that a $2 billion investment by the city would remove 1,850 acres of vacant real estate and produce 120 miles of interconnected greenways. It’s the kind of development that would revitalize communities and attract young professionals.
And you get a tree! And you get a tree! And you get a tree! This one comes with a free flower pot! Buy in the next five minutes and we'll throw in three free bushes!