According to Hurricane Katrina “recovery czar” Ed Blakey, it’s going to take at least a decade to rebuild a Jersey Shore that’s more resilient to extreme weather. High on his list of recommended infrastructure improvements were “advisory-based flood elevations,” which would raise buildings in the most vulnerable areas. More discouraging: In most disaster areas, he added, close to 40 percent of residents never return, most of whom are younger and more entrepreneurial than the old guard, which typically stays put. [Newsworks]
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