The Plan To Literally Expand New York City – Cheddar Explains

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07.07.2023



What if we added the equivalent of over 1300 football fields to the tip of Manhattan? This was the proposal of a recent op-ed in The New York Times – increasing the size of the borough by about 12% in order to mitigate two of its most pressing problems. There’s evidence from all over the world that doing this can be a useful technique for crowded ocean-side cities. But the process to do so – reclaiming land from the ocean – is rife with potential downsides. So is this a proportional response to gigantic problems? Or a zany harebrained scheme that’ll do more harm than good?

Further reading:

The New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/14/opinion/eric-adams-manhattan-expand.html#commentsContainer

JustinTools.com
https://www.justintools.com/unit-conversion/area.php?k1=acres&k2=football-fields

Institute of Island Studies
http://www.urbanislandstudies.org/UIS-1-Grydehoj-PublicSpace.pdf

Int’l Assoc. of Dredging Companies
https://www.iadc-dredging.com/subject/techniques/land-reclamation/

Tomorrow.City
https://tomorrow.city/a/reclaiming-land-from-the-sea-a-solution-to-climate-change-or-an-even-bigger
https://tomorrow.city/a/reclaiming-land-from-the-sea-a-solution-to-climate-change-or-an-even-bigger

Curbed
https://boston.curbed.com/2017/5/16/15640430/boston-infill-projects-reclamation
https://ny.curbed.com/2019/3/14/18265630/de-blasio-10-billion-plan-expand-lower-manhattan-east-river

Hispanic American Historical Review
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/261966900_The_Lands_with_Which_We_Shall_Strugg[…]and_Development_in_Mexico%27s_Lake_Texcoco_Basin_1910-1950

ScienceDirect
https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/earth-and-planetary-sciences/land-reclamation

The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/may/02/cities-from-the-sea-the-true-cost-of-reclaimed-land-asia-malaysia-penang-dubai

World Atlas
https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/countries-with-the-most-reclaimed-land.html

New York Public Library
https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/51172280-0fdc-0134-8fef-00505686a51c/book?parent=cf768fc0-0fd9-0134-6bb1-00505686a51c#page/5/mode/2up

Science Daily
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/07/210708112548.htm

The BBC
https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20161101-the-benefits-and-downsides-of-building-into-the-sea

CBS News
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/humpback-whales-nyc-return-new-york-harbor-comeback/

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