Post-Sandy, Why Are We Still Building?

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The following is an excerpt of an article written by Richard Murdocco, author of The Foggiest Idea.  The piece was originally published by The Atlantic’s CityLab on October 22nd, 2018. You can read the entire piece here


Six years after Sandy hit New York, killing 43 people and destroying numerous homes, waterfront development in the region continues with scant attention to storm-mitigation strategy.

Six years ago today [Oct. 22], Hurricane Sandy began gathering in the Caribbean Sea: Although it was classified as a post-tropical cyclone by the time it hit New York on October 29, it killed 43 people in the state, wiping out homes, and causing billions of dollars in damage. Despite repeated warnings of scientists and planners that “the next big one” is coming, the appeal of waterfront living still continues to lure buyers, investors, and builders across the New York metro region.

To read more from The Foggiest Idea in The Atlantic‘s CityLab, click here

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