Rebuild by Design Winners!

Over 150 teams submitted proposals to make the NY / NJ region more resilient, ten finalists were selected and the winning six designs were announced yesterday by HUD Secretary Sean Donovan.  This finishes a year an a half long process where HUD promised to create areas where the rebuilding was not business as usual.

Congrats to all the winners, there are some terrific, very forward-thinking designs in there.  We have to admit we are a little disappointed that nothing along the Jersey Shore was selected.  Story on NJ.com by Erin O’Neill of the Star Ledger

Re-think Dutch Style, Let the Water In

As a country below sea-level, the Netherlands has been dealing with water issues for centuries.  In the 1950’s they  began building the Delta Works, a series of massive barriers built to protect against the 10,000-year storm.  They have stopped doing that since they don’t believe it is possible anymore in the face of sea level rise.  They have re-thought their approach which is now to let the water in and live with the water.  Henk Ovik was in charge of this in the Netherlands and was brought to the US to guide the Rebuild by Design competition.  More on the man in the NY Times from April 9, 2014 by Russell Shorto http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/13/magazine/how-to-think-like-the-dutch-in-a-post-sandy-world.html

Rebuild One City Event in Asbury Park

Rebuild by Design will be holding an event in Asbury Park to bring the City together around the idea of resiliency.  The event will prepare the City for real planning that will make Asbury Park better able to handle the next big storm.

Come join us on March 22nd for a parade that will bring Asbury together, from West to East and highlight examples of resiliency, ending with a party at Langosta Lounge, 12 Noon to 4PM.

Beachfill in Margate could put Fishing Pier out of Business

We expect a massive amount of sand to be the federal government’s response to Hurricane Sandy in NJ.  But the problems associated with beachfill are well documented; see the Costs of Beachfill section of this article.  In some cases,  beachfill keeps people from coming to the beach, because beachfill destroyed what they enjoyed about the beach.  Be it fishing, safe swimming, wading, surfing or just enjoying a natural beach.  Here is the latest threat to fishing and a way of life in Margate NJ, covered by the Press of Atlantic City’s Elisa Lala. Continue reading “Beachfill in Margate could put Fishing Pier out of Business”

Never Coming Back

Here is a powerful reason to Rethink the entire Coast.  Imagine whole neighborhoods and communities falling apart.  The cost of not thinking before we develop is high.  If people are flooded and they are not in a position to rebuild right away, whole neighborhoods could be lost.  Maybe this is a neighborhood that should be bought out.  Original article in the Press of Atlantic City January 4, 2014 by Donna Weaver.  I would skip the video though.

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/breaking/state-wants-little-egg-harbor-to-list-homes-abandoned-after/article_1c2884f4-761e-11e3-94e9-001a4bcf887a.html