The Sunday Read: ‘What Does It Mean to Save a Neighborhood?’


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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Additional manufacturing for The Sunday Read was contributed by Emma Kehlbeck, Parin Behrooz, Anna Diamond, Sarah Diamond, Jack D’Isidoro, Elena Hecht, Desiree Ibekwe, Tanya Pérez, Marion Lozano, Naomi Noury, Krish Seenivasan, Corey Schreppel, Margaret Willison, Kate Winslett and Tiana Young. Special thanks to Mike Benoist, Sam Dolnick, Laura Kim, Julia Simon, Lisa Tobin, Blake Wilson and Ryan Wegner.