Have you ever noticed how many empty strip malls and parking lots you see as you make your way through Miami-Dade? If the county’s parks department has its way the abandoned commercial spaces will be purchased and turned into green space.B Doing so will help fulfill their 50-year plan of bringing interconnected green space within walking distance of every resident.

The Miami Herald reported that Mayor Carlos Gimenez has already stated his support and that:

The approach, dubbed Red Fields to Green Fields, is based on a strategy developed by Michael Messner, a Wall Street hedge-fund manager who says it can help reverse the flow of red ink in commercial real estate while removing blight and jump-starting the economic redevelopment of neighborhoods hit hardest by the recession.

To read more on the city turning empty commercial spaces into parks and trails visit The Miami Herald and then head back over to share your thoughts with us.

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