Sea-Level Rise Poses Hard Choice for Two Neighborhoods: Rebuild or Retreat?

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


New York’s status as a global hub of finance, media, and culture—as well as its strong mayoral support for climate action—means that both moves are happening under a microscope. Coastal cities nationally and worldwide hope to learn by watching to see whether one of world’s most populated, creative, and complex cities can recover from one climate disaster while simultaneously preparing for the next.

But now even the waterfront is becoming a tale of two cities: one where it’s become too dangerous to remain, and another deemed impossible—or perhaps too valuable—to abandon…

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After Hurricane Sandy, One Man Tries To Stop The Reconstruction, Outside Magazine (10-09-2013)

Sandy Reminds Us of Coastal Hazards, by Robert Young

A Year After Sandy, The Wrong Policy on Rebuilding the Coast, Yale E360 (04-09-2013)

Rebuilding the Shores, Increasing the Risks, The New York Times (04-09-2013)

Stormproofing The City: Where Have the Billion Allocated for Sandy Relief Been Spent?, Guardian UK (12-09-2014)

Two Years After Hurricane Sandy : Fortifying New York – How Well Armored Are We For The Next Superstorm? International Business Time (10-29-2014)
New York City officials expect sea levels to rise by more than 2.5 feet over the next four decades, an increase that — if not properly addressed now — could put 800,000 people’s homes underwater in the event of another storm…

A Tale of Two Cities: Miami, New York and Life on the Edge, Climate Central (08-22-2014)
Walking along the waterfront in Fort Lauderdale and admiring the 60-foot yachts docked alongside impressive homes, it’s hard to imagine that this city could suffer the same financial fate as Detroit…

U.S. Cities Lag in Race against Rising Seas, Scientific American (01-20-2015)

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