Taking action : rebuilding Joplin after the tornado : using the ATSDR Brownfields / Land Revitalization Action Model green complete streets in the 20th Street corridor, Joplin, MO
Published Date:June 2014
Corporate Authors:United States. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Division of Community Health Investigations.
Description:￼ Land Revitalization Action Model -- 1. Access to Nature -- 2. Get Outside/ Be More Active -- 3. Clean Environment/ Accessibility -- 4. Healthier/ More Affordable Food Choices -- 5. Want to Feel Safer -- 6. Get Around Without a Car -- 7. Other Health Issues -- 8. Communications -- 9. Employment / Education -- 10. General -- Appendix A: Joplin Health Engagement Activity -- Appendix B: Pre Tornado Demographics Map -- Appendix C: Park Sites and Facilities -- Appendix D: Listening to Joplin — Next Steps -- Appendix E: Community Health Collaborative -- Appendix F: Environmental Sustainability -- Appendix G: Joplin Mining Map with Tornado Path -- Appendix H: Jasper County Soil Lead Testing -- Appendix I: Impaired Waters List -- Appendix J: Joplin Proposed Trolley Lines -- Appendix K: Main Street Development.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) Brownfields/Land Revitalization Action Model is a framework for a community revitalization project. The following four steps complete the Action Model framework: Step 1: What are the issues in the community? Step 2: How can redevelopment address these issues? Step 3: What are the corresponding community health benefits? Step 4: What data are needed to measure change?
The City of Joplin asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to assist in developing a green complete street strategy for the 20th Street Corridor from Main Street to Highview Avenue. The Joplin 2011 Tornado inflicted heavy damage on this corridor, and the city plans to redevelop and revitalize the area. Because the tornado completely destroyed parts of the corridor, the city wants to revitalize former residential or industrial areas for community use. Some of these plans include a renovated high school, a theater, and a library. The city also looked for input from USEPA to make the area more “green,” with bike paths and sidewalks for residents to enjoy without relying on a vehicle for transportation. But some of this area was dotted with mine waste piles (chat piles) that contained high lead levels. The City of Joplin is part of the Missouri lead (Pb) belt, and removal actions in this corridor were already taking place. Nevertheless, during the revitalization process planners need to give special consideration to reducing possible lead exposures.
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