Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The impact of rising sea levels: Poquoson, Virginia

The Norfolk Virginian-Pilot has an article ("Poquoson takes action to outpace rising sea levels") about what one seaside community in the Norfolk region is doing to address rising sea levels.  Thus far, about 1/10 of the community's housing stock has added concrete block foundations to put the main house out-of-reach from flooding.  Even so, in the long run, the community might have to be abandoned, as it is only 4 to 7 feet above sea level.
House raised up on cinder blocks as flood protection, Pouoson, VA
Photo: Stephen Katz, Norfolk Virginian-Pilot.

More communities will have to address the reality of climate change (e.g., "Flooding from storm surge would threaten D.C. infrastructure" and "Daily flooding might get Congress to act against climate change," Washington Post; "NC Considers Making Sea Level Rise Illegal," Scientific American) going forward.

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