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Koshko
07-09-2005, 07:51:00
Random idea ...

Most of New Orleans is at sea level to about 10 feet below sea level. Why not build it up so that the interior parts of the city are a couple feet above sea level. Then make higher thicker levees. Many of the buildings will probably have to be torn down due to massive water damage and the fact that bacteria and fungi will be harboring within the walls long after the water is all gone. Then those buildings could be cleared out or just used as filler below a few feet of topsoil. Then you can build up that land before you start rebuilding.

Iskandar Reza
07-09-2005, 08:25:34
Why not fill up the buildings intead? Use 'em as foundation, then rebuild Venice-style.

Vincent
07-09-2005, 08:28:27
Wouldn't it be cheaper and more secure to build up the city somewhere else?

Iskandar Reza
07-09-2005, 08:38:26
I don't think the residents would like that.

But seriously, if it were rebuilt Venice-style than you don't have to pump out that water or fortify the levees.

It would look prettier too. And you can have gondolas and water taxis. Maybe a flock of geese too.

Gary
07-09-2005, 08:54:14
I suspect the residents wouldn't be keen on that either. No one likes change, especially massive change to where we have our roots.

None is necessary if they build the right defenses. But they need federal fund holders to agree to chip in enough this time, as it might prove too much of a financial burden to expect them to sort it out locally.

Oerdin
07-09-2005, 08:57:46
Both Seattle and Sacramento had their street levels raised due to flooding. Both of them had the second story become the first and the first become the basement. Both of those cities now have an "underground" which was the 19th century street level before they built everything up one story.

MOBIUS
07-09-2005, 09:46:16
Same with Prague - let's do it!:beer:

The Norks
07-09-2005, 09:50:19
could they actually do that now? Isn't the city too built up in this day and age? They'd have to remove the whole infrastructure

MOBIUS
07-09-2005, 09:54:07
Well all the poor people live in shit housing in the lowest areas right by the levees IIRC - they'll probably have to be knocked down anyway...

Fistandantilus
07-09-2005, 10:07:41
Originally posted by Iskandar Reza
I don't think the residents would like that.

But seriously, if it were rebuilt Venice-style than you don't have to pump out that water or fortify the levees.

It would look prettier too. And you can have gondolas and water taxis. Maybe a flock of geese too.

Venice is hell. Nice for tourism and all but.. living there?? A metropolis like new orleans?

MOBIUS
07-09-2005, 10:13:21
Apparently nobody actually lives in Venice anymore.