A year ago, Hurricane Sandy assaulted New York City, killing 43 people and causing $19 billion worth of damage. In “City of Water,” an opinion piece in the New York Times, Kevin Baker reflects on the city’s evolving relationship with its maritime setting, infrastructural investments, and recent preparations in the face of new environmental challenges on the waterfront. He concludes:
What makes climate change most frightening is how little we know about what is to come. But if another Sandy, or worse, does strike, none of this will prove much consolation to a citizenry that has been so actively encouraged to flock to the waterside… Yet if the Bloomberg administration has pushed the city to the water as fast it could go, it’s also true that the city was going there anyway. The waterfront was always too great an asset to simply abandon.
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