City and Regional Planning

Alternative Futures for the Jersey Shore

Spring 2013 Studio

2013 Studio

Hurricane Sandy caused substantial damage to communities along the Atlantic Coast, making it the second-costliest hurricane to hit the United States. The Jersey Shore, which extends from Raritan Bay to Delaware Bay, suffered varying damage. This studio seeks to describe alternative futures for the Jersey Shore. We illustrate alternatives to the predominant "Restore the Shore" movement that intends to rebuild with few environmental considerations. Although many leaders and policy-makers have identified and begun advocating alternatives such as buyout plans or protective dunes, it is still unclear how these proposals will affect specific communities. We illustrate how policy changes and community-specific design interventions can build community and regional resilience to future storms and environmental changes.

Chapter One: A Brief History of the Jersey Shore
Chapter Two: Why Sandy Caused So Much Damage
Chapter Three: Climate Change and Future Storm Trends
Chapter Four: Vulnerability Along the Jersey Shore
Chapter Five: Assessment of Coastal Development Policies
Chapter Six: Strategies for Moving Forward
Chapter Seven: Case Studies
Long Beach
Atlantic City
Seaside Heights
The Wildwoods
Point Pleasant
Ocean Grove
Asbury Park
Cape May
Beach Haven/Holgate
Mystic and Osborne Islands

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