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Pros and Cons of Waterfront Living

Given the flooding along the Gowanus, and in Williamsburg and Queens, should people really keep moving to the waterfront? Yes, says Mayor Bloomberg. "People like to live in low-lying areas on the beach, it's attractive. People pay more, generally, to be closer to the water even though you could argue they should pay less because it's more dangerous?.We cannot build a big barrier reef off the shore to stop the waves from coming in, we can't build big bulkheads that cut people off from the water." But Christine Quinn points out that the city's coastal planning, hurricane planning, and green building codes have already made the waterfront a safer place to live. [NYO]