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  •  One of Ecocity pioneer Richard Register's (4+ / 0-)
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    big peeves is that people aren't willing to look into resilient ecocity design even after their entire towns get wiped out. As he told me in a recent interview...

    I went to New Orleans a few months after Katrina, and what I suggested didn't go over very well because after so much loss people who've been traumatized don't want to experiment. They want to go to the things they know and that are tried and true. So in New Orleans, everyone wanted to go back and build the same thing. It's almost like a reflex, and that reflex was to say, "let's go back to how it was and just build a higher dike around it."
    His idea for an ecocity rebuild...
    if you have an opportunity to redesign, which you do in New Jersey and you had in New Orleans, you would be building on elevated fill, the tried and true thing that goes back 4500 years. In the mesopotamian valley the first large Sumerian cities like Ur were built on elevated fill. The Tigris and Euphrates would flood, the water would come up, and the entire valley turned into this ocean of waters slithering by, because everybody would be safe, twenty feet above the water. You're going to lose your beaches and have a waterfront that's essentially a cliff, but it works and you can have your town behind it.

    You can even design it like a bow on a boat, so the flood splits. So that's a solution. You go up a ways and as the sea levels rise from climate change you can last maybe for a couple hundred years by going up 40 or so feet. You could never do this with suburbia because of the massive amount of dirt you would need, but you can do it in a compact city with narrow streets and taller buildings because you have 50 times as many people.

    He'd be psyched if anyone from NY or NJ came to him to work on some of these ideas, but he's not holding his breath.

    You don’t want to be victimized by your lesser talents. - Gary Snyder

    by citisven on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 01:45:38 PM PST

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