By Ryan Hagen
In older cities like Lancaster there tends to be an excess of old buildings through out the city and surrounding areas. Not all businesses succeed and it’s the buildings that suffer. Often times when the buildings aren’t inhabited by people or businesses the structure begins to suffer. Buildings like these and buildings that are damaged by floods or fires become an eye sore in the community. That’s where the government’s Brownfield’s and other land revitalization programs come in. The government offers grants to cities in order to revitalize these buildings and other unused plots of land and makes them viable again. Grants help improve sustainability in the community. Making use of old abandoned land decreases the need for land expansion which in turn helps preserves nature.