Seaside Sprawl: Who Will Learn From The Tsunami Catastrophe?

The current tsunami disaster should cause serious rethinking of seaside development for all coastal locations, writes Joel S. Hirschhorn in this week's Planetizen Op-Ed.

January 18, 2005, 7:00 AM PST

By Chris Steins @urbaninsight

When people and developers refuse to see the folly of living at the water's edge, then government must step in and effectively protect people from themselves and nature from people.

"Make no mistake. Seaside sprawl developers turn hazards into disasters, and impact all of us. Rows of McMansions that bully many American shorelines offer great views for their occupants. But shore sprawl kills scenic views for the general public, either from the land or the beach."

Thanks to Chris Steins

Tuesday, January 18, 2005 in Planetizen


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