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How Climate Resiliency Efforts Could Redefine Atlantic City

"The dialogue about resiliency is where the conversation about sustainability was 15 years ago," says Daniel Windsor, a senior urban designer at Perkins+Will. With future environmental challenges moving into the forefront of city planning discussions, from the California drought to superstorms like Sandy in the northeast, can design address these issues while keeping economic issues in mind? This question led Windsor and his colleagues in the firm's Resiliency Task Force to seek out a unique case study to show how resiliency could also reposition and redefine a coastal economy: Atlantic City, New Jersey. "We saw a need not only due to its vulnerability to storms such as Sandy," he says, "but also due to the failing, gambling-based economy. We could find a new niche, a new economic catalyst, and reposition the entire city."

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