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Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer
Will walling in Hoboken prevent the next Sandy? Dawn Zimmer, mayor of Hoboken, discusses her ideas for protecting the city against future storms, including building two walls to protect from flooding.
Re. seawalls taking away public space: Have bike, walk, and parkspace on top of dam-like concrete berms - they can be covered with greenery. Not that you won't probably have to move farther inland soon anyway, but - base utilities on higher floors, like hospitals are doing. Empty ground floors, and make them indoor park-like spaces. Line with concrete, and let the water go through. Still have to pump out basements. 'Seawall' closure between ground floor and basements?
I realize that the mayor is a very intelligent woman, but she needs to stop saying "like" every other word. It really waters down (no pun intended!) her legitimacy when talking about these complex engineering problems.
Hoboken is in a riverside flood zone. Period. If the mayor of Hoboken doesn't want to adapt to this reality, fine. But then the taxpayers should not be expected to pay a dime for the damage for the next flood, which is inevitable.
This mayor actually sounds very narrowed minded about the urban character of the city. She's already discounting options before exploring everything. Is she in bed with the Army Corp of Engineers?
All I know is I would never move to Hoboken.
The walls will not work in the long run. How about make a rule for all new construction to be built on stilts?
and the water will go where instead? Should this be a town by town solution?
Since money is no object might I suggest raising the city, like they did with Seattlehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seattle_Underground
I have listened to the proposal by Mayor Zimmer and wonder why the proposal set forth in Dan Rather's show is not being discussed as it appears that solution would protect all the cities in the NY metro area and not be as unsightly as walls around the city of Hoboken where I am a resident. The proposal on Dan Rather's show called for gates - one upstream and one downstream on the Hudson. This system has been tested and works in areas like Denmark and St. Petersburg. The wall proposed by Mayor Zimmer has already failed in New Orleans and would likely harm adjacent communities. Why aren't all these mayors of affected communities, the two governors, Port Authority and the Army Corps of Engineers sitting down and proposing a joint solution? We need a solution based on what works. Thank you
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