Jessica Miller officially joined the Lopate Show in November 2014, having previously interned at the show. She also worked as a contributing producer in 2013, proudly cornering what she calls the “weird animal news” beat, getting waiters to publicly complain about the people who complain about them, and having bottles of apple cider explode on her. She currently oversees the Book Club, contributes to Please Explain, and makes supercuts. Her credits include several other shows at WNYC (Death, Sex & Money, The Brian Lehrer Show, The Takeaway) and NPR’s Ask Me Another. Her independently reported pieces have appeared in places like The Atlantic and 99 Percent Invisible. A graduate of Barnard College and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, she can often be found making music, sailing, or walking very long distances.
A Beach for Lower Manhattan: Good Idea?
Thursday, August 01, 2013 - 03:53 PM
On Monday, Mother Jones reporter Kate Sheppard was on The Leonard Lopate Show to talk about how coastal communities along the East Coast – including New York City - are adapting to rising sea levels and the ongoing threat of repeated floods. In her article “Under Water,” Sheppard wrote that, although Hurricane Sandy might have been a “100-year flood,” city officials have been repeatedly warned that global warming and rising water levels leave New York increasingly susceptible to major amounts of flooding.
This week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced two new development initiatives for lower Manhattan as part of his vision for a post-Sandy New York. The first is a “Seaport City” project involving a platform or landfill extending into the East River, adding acres of space for new apartments and office towers. The Bloomberg Administration says these buildings could act as a levee in the event of a future hurricane, built tall enough to withstand water surges.
The second is a sand beach that would extend from the Brooklyn Bridge up to 38th Street. And while East River waters might be too polluted for this beach to compete with Coney Island or The Rockaways, it could transform a somewhat-desolate stretch of coast into something more beautiful.
But Lower Manhattan is still recovering from hurricane Sandy. It may take years to reopen South Ferry station. Is it really worth sinking upwards of the proposed $27 million into an area that could easily flood again?
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