Climate Adaptation

CLIMATE ADAPTATION

I want to punch climate change in the face. A blog about the interactions between the built environment, people, and nature.


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“ Zones that used to be parking areas in the 1990s are now underwater. ”

—    Sea-level rise along Virginia’s coast are confusing local town officials.

Glaciers are melting so fast they’re causing damage to homes from flooding and bank erosion. In Alaska, this home dangles on the edge of a river bank.

In the Shadows of the High Line - Jeremiah Moss via NYTimes.com

Delicious morning city planning read of the day. Moss, a culture critic in NYC, criticizes the High Line’s economic effects while mourning the loss of Chelsea’s gritty “charm.”

It’s a great piece, my favorite in weeks. Moss forgets three things. First, the real-estate boom was not just located in his precious little piece of the world. It burned like wildfire, scorching economies around the world. Second, did Moss hang out there before the High Line was built? I severely doubt it. He shows that this section of town was once called gasoline alley, due to all the auto repair shops and other mechanical industries. Why is Moss, or anyone for that matter, nostalgic for that? Third, and important to me as thinker of city infrastructure, what about the nearly 20 years of community outreach done by the city’s non-profits, architects, students, PhD researchers, city planners, artists, economists, and econ-dev folks (among countless others)? Neighbors, developers, and business owners wanted revitalization. They wanted a large, effective redevelopment project. And they got the High Line. Chelsea got what it wanted.

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Jeremiah Moss pans the Times Squarification of West Chelsea as the outgrowth of the High Line, and the loss of the neighborhood of working class residents and light industry.In his view it’s part of the quick march to Disneyland On The Hudson than Bloomberg and developers are interested in capitalizing on.

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Beautiful restoration occurring along the Bronx River by non-profits, young people, landscape architects, and city planners.

“I come here all the time,” he said. “It’s incredible, no?”

Yes, it is.

For years one of the most blighted, abused waterways in the country, the southern end of the Bronx River has been slowly coming back and with it the shoreline that meanders through the South Bronx. Next year, barring further delays, what looks to be an innovative work of green architecture, by the Brooklyn firm Kiss & Cathcart, is slated to open in Starlight Park, a green stretch upriver from Hunts Point Riverside. This summer at the mouth of the river another street-end pocket park, Hunts Point Landing, is opening between a Sanitation Department depot and a food processing plant.

The New York waterfront is changing perhaps more than any other part of the city. For centuries the interests of big money and industry shaped it. These days, notwithstanding dogged efforts by the Economic Development Corporation to kindle business along the waterfronts of Sunset Park in Brooklyn and on Staten Island, the city’s old industrial waterfront is in many places giving way to parks and luxury apartment towers where money still talks, like along the Hudson.

But compared with headline-making projects in Manhattan and Brooklyn, the unexpected renaissance under way along the south end of the Bronx River flies largely below the radar. Park by park a patchwork of green spaces has been taking shape, the consequence of decades of grinding, grass-roots, community-driven efforts. For the environmentalists, educators, politicians, architects and landscape designers involved, the idea has not just been to revitalize a befouled waterway and create new public spaces. It has been to invest Bronx residents, for generations alienated from the water, in the beauty and upkeep of their local river.

Watch the inspiring or have a read at the NYTimes: River of Hope in the Bronx

Sea-level rise in the San Fransisco Bay. Could wetlands restoration prevent property damage to thousands of homes?

Delta development in Binhai, China 1992 - 2012. Note the new port at the river influence.

Help: I’m looking for city-run tumblrs similar to the fantastic nycedc.

Prefer a *government run* tumblr covering city shtuffs (arts, schools, infrastructure, parks, water fronts, real estate development, rivers, pot holes, anything city related).

Anyone? Please hit me up.

This week at NYCEDC:

Have a great weekend, NYC!

Photo credit: flickr.com/mcmillianfurlow

City management FAIL of 2012? Absolutely incredible story out of Detroit. An EMT’s ambulance breaks down. He decides to film what it’s like at night while waiting for help. Keep your volume on. Detroit is experiencing the worst declines in the U.S. with massive budget cuts, half the population gone, and Fallujah levels of crime. 

This is happening in America.

Free Climate Adaptation Webinar from NOAA Oct. 5 2-3pm

Community Resilience, Part II: Ecosystem-Based Adaptation Case Studies

October 5, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (eastern)
Presenter: Adam Whelchel, The Nature Conservancy

Many coastal communities are looking for ways to apply ecosystem-based management approaches for community resilience. This presentation will highlight the four-step process of The Nature Conservancy’s Coastal Resilience project, which includes awareness, risk, choice, and action. This approach focuses on the need to tailor options to fit the varying needs and pace of different communities. The case studies that will be presented focus on communities that have moved beyond the awareness phase in the process to assessing vulnerability and developing options for future action.

In this webinar, participants will learn about

  • The four steps of The Nature Conservancy’s Coastal Resilience approach
  • Ecosystem-based management approaches that communities are choosing to implement when addressing coastal resilience issues
  • Challenges that other communities have faced when adapting to coastal risk
  • Flexible options that can be built into adaptation plans

Register HERE