Why Housing for NYC’s Climate Refugees? Everywhere we’re finally acknowledging the immediacy of coastal climate change devastation. Now is the time to replace traditional spending behaviors with healthy behaviors that can save millions of people and millions of dollars.
For example, we might ask, can we put part of NY’s $90.2 billion FY 2020 budget to better use as an investment in new permanent housing for 1 million coastal residents migrating to inland homes in Central NY?
New Housing for 1+ Million People
$60 billion will create infrastructure and homes for 1 million people in Central NY. The existing population is roughly 350 million in Syracuse and Utica metro areas combined. With Central NY quadrupling in size, exciting opportunities will exist for workers, learners and investors.
Central NY has elevations well above the maximum predicted sea level rise. These range from 400 ft to 800 ft above sea level. New York State has the resources and wisdom to prepare for inevitable devastation by directing investments to critical targets that will promote security and prosperity. Rerouting coastal investment to optimal inland locations is key to our success!
I was alerted to this when I noticed my Google maps photo views suddenly rise by 60,000 in a single day to over 600,000. As a Google Guide who focuses on Central New York, I was astounded by this dramatic increase and wanted to understand why. Guessing it was related to this momentous commitment to Mohawk Valley industrial development, I investigated the real estate statistics. I used realtor.com’s listings for Oneida County, which will be home to this world class manufacturing facility, and those of surrounding counties. Using realtor.com’s filter tool, I compared total listings with listings not under contract.
Strong percent of real estates listings under contract of 25% to over 40%
Onondaga and Oneida counties, home respectively to Syracuse and Utica, have the highest volume of real estate contracts (see red counties on map), with over 45% of all listings under contract. Surrounding counties of Madison, Oswego, Herkimer, Cortland and Lewis (yellow counties), have 25% to 40% of their listings under contract.
The risk of coastal living diminishes when new jobs and homes are created in Central NY.
We can look forward to high quality jobs and an abundance of opportunities for contractors as a result of world’s largest semiconductor plant being built in Marcy New York. Creating jobs and incentives to live in central NY is a healthy way to counter the risks of coastal living.
Abaco Island’s sudden devastation leaving 70,000 homeless and death tolls yet to be tallied calls us to wake up and prepare for such climate disasters. Coastal cities worldwide must anticipate catastrophic flooding and relocate to higher elevations. Enterprise investment in geographically independent operating structures and remote workers can support efficient continuity in a time of turbulence and uncertainty.
New York City’s metropolitan area is home to 13 million people and at least 50% of the State’s total population. Should Abaco-like devastation hit the city, economic disaster and unthinkable loss of life will ensue. It’s time for us to demand decentralized jobs and habitation. We have been gravely warned and encouraged to take lifesaving action.
New York’s economy is both a national and international asset that fosters global stability.
New York State ranks 3rd in the US and has a GDP comparable to that of France, Canada and Australia. We can protect our precious assets both human and economic and help secure civilization by following tried and true methods of decentralization employed by many of the most successful corporations in the world (like Amazon).
Find flexible solutions to dynamic problems.
One of the most difficult adjustments that must be made is handling vessel docking when coastline is constantly changing. Hopefully someone is already in the process of creating a generic and dynamic docking solution that can be used in ports worldwide.
Expect the unexpected and prepare!
When we act proactively our chances of overcoming climate disaster look optimistic. We cannot afford more Abaco situations which are certain to occur and to increase in ferocity until we enact successful countermeasures. Just 2 days ago the same hurricane that destroyed Abaco traveled nearly 1500 miles from the Bahamas northward to Canada striking Nova Scotia. We must expect to see extremes and take necessary action! Abaco cautions coastal cities to expect intensely destructive weather and to be prepared. Dramatic climate events compel community action.
Tiny new satellites are being developed at MIT’s Space Propulsion Laboratory. This breakthrough technology can support the delivery of solar shades in space to prevent earth’s atmosphere from continuously heating up. With advances in nanotech, satellites can be as tiny as half an inch cubed. The tininess is important as it makes the cost of launching the them comparatively small.
Tiny new satellites called nanosatellites are a foundation technology for global warming prevention
This emerging generation of satellites is much smarter than those we have now. They have highly effective navigation and propulsion systems for ease of placement, and can return to earth on their own without adding to Earth’s orbiting space junk colonies.
Each satellite can deliver a space shade cluster capable of covering huge areas with reflective lightweight fabric that can be repositioned to precisely control the amount of solar radiation reaching the earth. With space shades that we can easily move and control, we can accurately regulate how much heat our atmosphere absorbs from the sun.
Nanosatellite Launchers are under development by NASA
Farm chickens in your yard can keep your garden healthy and your food costs manageable. A young urban California farmer shows successful chicken farming at its best.
Chicken farming in your urban area should be available to everyone. In Los Angeles, chicken farming is allowed for those with a minimum of about 1/3 acre of land. New York City is much less restrictive, but even so, for those of us who travel a bit, tending farm animals can be a challenge. Enter the concept of community farming that allows just about everyone to participate in raising chickens.
According to RodalesOrganicLife there are many benefits to backyard chicken raising:
• Landfill costs are significantly lower because chickens eat scraps that won’t add to urban waste. It’s been estimated that for every 2,000 households raising three hens each, as much as 252 tons of waste can be trimmed from landfills.
• Most of us like to keep our backyards free of pesky insect like ticks, flies and mosquitoes. Chickens love to eat nutrient-rich insects and weeds. They can help to keep your backyard pest free.
• Chickens keep your garden healthy by fertilizing your soil and tilling it to a depth of six inches. Some farmers move their coops around to best enhance all their garden’s soil.
• Chickens make adorable pet therapists for urban farmers of any age. Try giving a chicken a hug to see why.
• Urban NY City backyard and rooftop farmers highly recommend raising chickens.
With so many city farmers enjoying chicken farming, let’s make some goals:
Allow backyard chickens. It happens in California, New York City and Providence, RI – why not here?
Let’s begin our own Herkimer Village Community Garden. Many bigger cities like New York and Boston have community gardens. With so much land available in Herkimer, let’s start our own community gardens right away. We should be able to get some funding from the Department of Agriculture and if that’s not enough, we can try crowd funding.
Let’s make Herkimer, New York a real winner in urban farming development. Let’s start with Herkimer Village.