Those old bases can be a great places
When military bases shut down or reduce operations, nearby communities often experience economic and environmental disadvantages. The Washington-based U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proven that it is possible to breathe new life into the buildings and prepare them for new commercial ventures. In fact, the agency has issued a new guidebook to assist communities suffering from military base closures. “Turning Bases Into Great Places: New Life for Closed Military Facilities,” discusses how to plan for redevelopment so that former military bases can enhance a community’s neighborhoods, economy and environment. The guidebook is available online at www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/military.htm.