Skip to comments.Levees, removable walls in plan to protect NYC
Posted on 06/11/2013 12:22:17 PM PDT by Olog-hai
Removable flood walls would be set up for much of lower Manhattan, a 15-to-20-foot levee would guard part of Staten Island and gates and levees would shield Brooklyn as part of a nearly $20 billion plan Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed Tuesday to protect New York City from storms and the effects of global warming.
Bloombergs proposals also include building dunes in Staten Island and the Rockaways, firming up the shoreline with bulkheads in various neighborhoods and considering building a levee and a new Seaport City development at the South Street Seaport that would echo nearby Battery Park City.
The mayor also is suggesting giving $1.2 billion in grants to property owners to flood-proof their buildings and $50 million to nursing homes to improve theirs; making hospitals even in rarely flooded areas upgrade their pumps and electrical equipment; and expanding beaches and marshes, among other ideas.
Fueled by the citys blow from Superstorm Sandy last fall, the sweeping proposals represent a sizable step up in scale and urgency for a mayor who has for years emphasized the threat climate change poses to the nation's biggest city, which has 520 miles of coastline.
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Gee however will THEY pay for it?
Who is going to fund this boondoggle? Most likely you will via Federal taxes
Bloomingidiot needs to stay home and worry about it.
What’s Krispy Kreme gonna build?
He’s really worried about all that flushing as a result of the continued availability of Big Gulps.
Let it sink, we would all be better off.
Gee however will THEY pay for it?
For one, they’ll triple the tax on 16 oz soft drinks. To make up for the banned larger sizes./s
Other coastal cities such as London, St. Petersburg, and in the Netherlands already have coastal flood defenses just as elaborate and just as expensive.
There's nothing stupid about building flood barriers for NYC - they will end up being less expensive than the damage from future storms.
The STUPID thing is saying they're needed because of global warming. They're actually needed because NYC is a coastal city in an area that's been exposed to powerful storms for 10,000 years.
I suggest a $100 entry fee for entering the city.
I have no problem with sea walls, just the global warming excuse.
For millennia, storms have hit coastlines, creating new natural structures from the wreckage and destroying others. It is nature and it will be here a lot longer than us.
Billions of tax dollars to protect what? Wealthy people’s beachfront properties? Here is a suggestion, MOVE!
However you can rest assured they will be incredibly expensive and built by companies with political connections, and not like in South America where they are built and maintained with convict labor.
Bloomberg has a lot of money. Maybe he could spot the city for 20 billion or so to get the project “on the ground”....it’s only fair that the 1% should pay for it.
I like that! It can be a great prison afterwards
(didnt anyone see “escape from NY?”)
It’s one thing for people to put expensive second houses on barrier islands.
We can’t really move lower Manhattan - it’s already the center of our financial infrastructure, and it’s actually cheaper to just build the barrier than try to move Wall Street to North Dakota.
We could do without those financial systems. They only suck money out of the system, not put money in. Central banking and the fed are the worst that has happened to this nation. The manipulated stock market is third.
Good movie. Gave me chills, way back then.
Sure, but lower Manhattan has been there for a while. They have been hit with storms before and will be hit again.
BOONdoggle, BOONdoggle, BLOOMdoggle.
They could always raise the streets 50 feet like the west coast cities.
This project will, of course, require lots of union labor. Once completed, it will require a large standing army of union workers who will maintain it and who be in a ready “stand-by” state to implement it when a storm arrives. Those workers will be supported by a cadre of clerks and bureaucrats. There will, of course, need to be a special police security detail created, and so on. The union employment opportunities would be endless.
Wall-in the progressives. Good idea!
A $100 EXIT fee would be better.
Again, I am sure there are things to hate about any plan Bloomberg comes up with, but this is a project that is about 100 years overdue for NYC.
Talk to me about it when FReepers drop the idiotic notion of razing Detroit.
That being said, I am not sure how much of Detroit is worth saving as long as the unions control that town. But what is best for NYC is without question good for the rest of the country. The problem is, the people who run NYC don't always know what's best for them. And things that are practical in a complicated place like NYC often seem strange and out of place to most of the rest of the country.