United Nations: Hoboken a Role Model for Resilience

The United Nations is looking for cities to model best practices in resilience planning. Look no further than Hoboken, New Jersey.

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March 6, 2015, 6:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


"The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNIDR) this week named Hoboken a role model city," reports Marielle Mondon.

"Hoboken joined the UN’s 'Making Cities Resilient' campaign in 2013. It’s now one of 45 cities worldwide to be considered by the UN to be a role model, and only the second in the U.S. — the other is San Francisco," adds Mondon.

According to the UN's announcement of the achievement, Hoboken has made substantial strides in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, when the city experienced significant flooding:

"The City of Hoboken is pursuing a variety of strategies to mitigate flood risk. This week, the City Council will be asked to support low-interest financing to build the Southwest Resiliency Park, which is also designed to hold over 200,000 gallons of rainwater, and funding to acquire 6 acres of land for a Northwest Resiliency Park, which will be designed to hold at least a million gallons of stormwater. Last week, the Council approved financing for Hoboken’s second wet weather pump station, which will alleviate flooding in western Hoboken."

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