Essay: Life in Danger's Path

Friday, November 02, 2012

NYC skyline with lower Manhattan in darkness (TenSafeFrogs/flickr/CC-BY-2.0)

John Hockenberry usually wouldn't say it out loud, but sometimes he wonders to himself, 'Are New Yorkers crazy to live so directly in danger's path?' The city has weathered twisters, earthquakes, and now a major hurricane that has left dozens dead and millions without power. 

Shouldn't we live where it's safe, rather than rebuild where it's not?

Hosted by:

John Hockenberry

Produced by:

Vince Fairchild

Comments [2]

Jeff Gold from New York, NY

Excellent radio essay in a long line of fine Hockenberry journalism. My (often unspoken) thoughts. Perhaps we need to learn from the Dutch, who once controlled my native NYC (& NJ) and vicinity, and are among the front rank international experts at water hydraulics and living below sea level. Reading (by flashlight) "Sweet & Salt, Water and the Dutch" while reflecting on the Van Alen Institute's "Urban Polder" event on Manhattan Island of a few weeks before Hurricane Sandy hit, about what New Yorkers and North Americans in general can learn from the Netherlands in a time of global climate change.

Nov. 02 2012 04:50 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

New York is now a Hurricane town; I guess the value of waterfront property will go down...I bet insurance Companies are going to raise rates dramatically as well...
Incredibly enough Brooklyn will get another surge of Manhattanites moving in. I'm bracing myself for the impact...I might need to build a levy around myself.

Nov. 02 2012 12:39 PM

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