In my previous life (not really), my research interests focused on examining effects of brown fields on proximate neighborhood including price effects. In New York City, this would be far too chaotic as you can see here on this PropertyShark.com interactive graphic.
But how is upstate New York faring? Apparently not too bad – Cleaning Up Toxic Brownfields – Upscale NY Gets VIP Treatment (publicnewsservice.org).
The extent of the spillage of an estimated 1 billion gallons of sludge containing years’ of waste from the Tennessee Valley Authority’s coal-burning power plant over an area of 300 acres cannot be better described than these pictures taken by Dorothy Griffith.
The entire region is a brownfield and I wonder how many years, resources, and money will it take to clean it all up. I wonder if anyone will be held accountable.