Seven months after Hurricane Sandy devastated the Northeast, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg released two reports, one calling for major changes to the city’s building codes and the other laying out a $20 billion plan to protect the region from the effects of climate change.
Together, the proposals offer a glimpse of how the city’s buildings, roads, parks, and infrastructure may look in the years to come. The first report is the 438-page findings from the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, a panel the mayor convened last December. It includes an array of suggestions including increasing wetlands, sand dunes, and floodgates. The second report, from the Building Resiliency Task Force, lays out 33 recommendations made by members of a city task force on how to protect buildings. It calls for owners to install wind resistant doors and windows, add hook-ups for backup generators, and add safety measures like a community water faucet for residents to use during a power outage.