Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Flood Damage Relief
After natural disasters like Nemo (Sandy), compassion for the unfortunate brings out piles of Federal dollars."Americans spend too much energy and capital on emergency relief and recovery after disasters have already struck, and not nearly enough on anticipating and mitigating trouble" as does the Dutch who have a multi-year plan to put flood-prone areas into public space. (NYT Feb 17) The Dutch project is called Room for the River. Yes, it needs room for it will eventually flatten human attempts to to put flimsy building in its way. My compassion is running out for the relatively wealthy who build and rebuild to enjoy the view of the ocean.