Rethinking Jersey Shore’s Boardwalks

Posted: November 13, 2012 at 11:53 am, Last Updated: November 13, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Seaside Heights, New Jersey’s boardwalk amusement park the day after superstorm Sandy’s landfall. Source: National Geographic

On the Jersey Shore, one question is whether to rebuild boardwalks damaged by Hurricane Sandy, and if so, is how can they be built to withstand future storms? Do we “need to change how we think”? Can we “create another vision of how to use the shore”? Call it disaster management if you like, but this is what adapting to climate change looks like. And no matter what you prefer to call it, it won’t be easy to make decisions like this in a developed democracy, with so many different and often conflicting perspectives to take into account.

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