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New Jersey Transit’s struggle to recover from Superstorm Sandy is being compounded by a pre-storm decision to park much of its equipment in two rail yards that forecasters predicted would flood, a move that resulted in damage to one-third of its locomotives and a quarter of its passenger cars.

That damage is likely to cost tens of millions of dollars and take many months to repair, a Reuters examination has found.

The Garden State’s commuter railway parked critical equipment - including much of its newest and most expensive stock - at its low-lying main rail yard in Kearny just before the hurricane. It did so even though forecasters had released maps showing the wetland-surrounded area likely would be under water when Sandy’s expected record storm surge hit. Other equipment was parked at its Hoboken terminal and rail yard, where flooding also was predicted and which has flooded before.

Among the damaged equipment: nine dual-powered locomotive engines and 84 multi-level rail cars purchased over the past six years at a cost of about $385 million.

EXCLUSIVE: New Jersey railway put trains in flood zone despite warnings

Resilience is more than infrastructure, I must remind myself…


“There isn’t one thing that predicts resilience. It’s not two things. It is not necessarily in us.”

Watch now: George Bonanno, a professor of clinical psychology, mines massive data sets for surprising revelations about how human beings cope with loss, trauma and other forms of extreme adversity. 

Interesting Kickstarter for a documentary film called “Storm Surge,” which (I think) documents the resiliency of people recovering from recent disasters.

Dismantling Detroit

"The filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady look at young men who salvage scrap metal from Detroit’s derelict buildings, set against the backdrop of globalization."

Mesmerizing. It is crystal clear the U.S. needs to invest in education - mightily… via NYTimes

Incredible video. I missed this one the first time around.

Ridiculous footage of the March Japanese Earthquake:

Yu Muroga was doing his job making deliveries when the 11 March 2011 earthquake hit in Japan. Unaware, like many people in the area, of how far inland the Tsunami would travel, he continued to drive and do his job. The HD camera mounted on his dashboard captured not only the earthquake, but also the moment he and several other drivers were suddenly engulfed in the Tsunami. He escaped from the vehicle seconds before it was crushed by other debris and sunk underwater. His car and the camera have only recently been recovered by the police. The camera was heavily damaged but a video expert was able to retrieve this footage.

Now reading: Fantastic special report with Wired/NPR’s Planet Money on cities and green jobs. Links are at the bottom of the page in the graphic. 

Above: Graphic showing recent trends in job growth - clearly environmental and energy jobs are big winners.

Intense graphic shows dams built in the US since 1800, which really isn’t that long ago. Here in Massachusetts, the state is trying to dismantle old, unused dams to increase biodiversity and bring fish back to tributaries. For more on human impacts on the environment, click here.

James Syvitski of the University of Colorado used this 200-year compilation of dams built in the USA in his talk on the age of the human-shaped Earth at the Geological Society of London, May 11, 2011.

These stimulus numbers blow my mind. What did Dakota County do with $140,629,772.33?? One hundred forty million six hundred twenty nine thousand seven hundred seventy two dollars and thirty three cents. Did these projects create more jobs? Which moneys are loans and which are grants?? The stats on Recovery Tracker are amazing (OMG am I..? Is that what I..? Huh. I think I’m, wow, why yes, I’m actually drooling!), but I need context. Anyone?


Interactive map: New tally of stimulus dollars flowing into Minnesota

The nonprofit investigative news organization ProPublica has released its latest Recovery Tracker tally of stimulus spending in the United States. Why use ProPublica’s numbers? Law doesn’t require all recipients of stimulus money to report to the governments spending tracker,

ProPublica fills in those gaps (here’s a full explanation of their methodology).

Click away! The darker the shade of red, the more stimulus money bouncing around that county.

More at The Intelligencer.

This is from one of my top favorite tumblr-ers, MinnPost. Their local coverage is incredibly strong and passionate. These folks could teach the aging Boston Globe a thing or three. Here, they cover (surprise!) actual goings on in their neighborhoods. Flight from the suburbs creates inequality for local folks, and in turn becomes a looming shadowy problem for cities and politicians. Those very politicians are way behind the curve with respect to understanding constituent’s needs. For instance, I’m Gen-X, and there’s no way in hell I’m buying a home anytime soon. Anyway, MinnPost covers two local movies about local suburban problems (pssst, MinnPost, can I watch? Send me a link, please?).

Didn’t get to that see the movies or join in the community discussion about waning inner-ring suburbs here at home as well as across the nation, or learn how they’re handling their problems?

Well, here’s the reel replay: both “The New Metropolis” and its sibling, “New Metropolis Minnesota,” will be aired on Twin Cities Public Television, tpt, starting at 8 p.m. Sunday May 1. 

For a sense of the issues and the mood, this is what “New Metropolis” filmmaker Andrea Torrice told me in a phone interview last month: 

“I’m very concerned about all the communities in America, the way we are growing and the way we are becoming more unequal, both economically and in terms of racial segregation,” Torrice said.  

(via minnpost)

Compare to Haiti, Pakistan, and, sadly, New Orleans, Louisiana.


Evacuation center. Japan.

(via futurejournalismproject)

Incredible infrastructure recovery efforts in Japan. This road was rebuilt in 3 days. I don’t trust my government’s ability to respond to any natural disaster with such diligent efficiency.

4. Status and restoration of roads damaged

The Great Kanto branch pipe is the most damage, Naka Mito Joban IC ~ IC (up line) is. Are currently working diligently recovery.

Source: (use Google Translate)