Nearly a decade after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, which destroyed piers and broken riverside social housing tasks, residents of Lower Manhattan are nonetheless susceptible to floods.
Michael Kimmelman, The Times’s structure critic, explores the nine-year effort to redesign Lower Manhattan within the wake of the hurricane, and the design and planning challenges which have made progress incremental. He goes inside a combat over how to shield the neighborhood sooner or later — revealing why renewal within the face of local weather catastrophe is so sophisticated.
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