Changing blight into beauty

From left: Todd Awe, president of TAG Realty; Amy Meadows, vice president & executive director of The Belo Foundation; Thom Hubacek, landscape architect/ project manager with Dallas Park & Recreation Department; and John Sallman, environmental department manager, principal with Terracon. Photo: David Woo/The Dallas Morning News

In 2002, EPA removed 30,000 sites from the Superfund list. Today, the U.S. General Accountability Office estimates the nation harbors 400,000 brownfields. CERCLIS stands for Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Information System, which is EPA's database of Superfund sites. A regional version is called WasteLAN. Map: U.S. Conference of Mayors

Like much of downtown Dallas, the soil below this former surface parking lot and future site of Belo Garden is rife with potentially carcinogenic cinder from a fire in the late 1800s. The inset image shows the land's strata: native soils underlying a former brick-paved road followed by excavated soil. Photos: Terracon Consultants Inc.

Here's what Belo Garden will look like when completed in 2012. The white arches are fountains.

The Hensley Field Operations Center is the only city facility capable of converting sedans, trucks, and other equipment to run on compressed natural gas. Photo: City of Dallas

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