Online First: Reconceiving Military Base Redevelopment Land Use on Mothballed U.S. Bases

Reconceiving Military Base Redevelopment

Land Use on Mothballed U.S. Bases

  1. Amanda Johnson Ashley1
  2. Michael Touchton1

  1. 1Boise State University, Boise, ID, USA
  1. Amanda Johnson Ashley, Boise State University, 1910 University Drive, Boise, ID 83725-1935, USA. Email: amandaashley@boisestate.edu

Abstract

The U.S. Department of Defense has closed 128 domestic bases over the last 30 years through the Base Realignment and Closure Process. Current scholarship describes this process and provides snapshots of transition, yet there is very little systematic knowledge of what follows base closure. We introduce an original data set chronicling military base redevelopment and present evidence suggesting that the variation in the built environment on former military bases stems from considerations somewhat unique to military redevelopment, particularly the presence of federal funding, contamination of redevelopment parcels, and economic output in the surrounding county. Our arguments offer new directions for redevelopment scholarship and a first step for developing best practices to help cities redevelop mothballed bases.

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