This concept envisions utilizing adaptable infrastructure, and technological solutions to maintain the remaining people of the Rockaways and their descendants, in response to 8-10 feet sea level rise on the Peninsula by 2100. We envision the retrofitting of some of the currently existing housing, commercial, and transportation infrastructure. Specifically looking at housing opportunities as the primary need to accommodate residents who would decide against relocation, out of fear of forced displacement.
New Housing options, retrofitted on the existing peninsula and developed housing on higher ground serve as one of the critical factors for supporting the remaining population. The transition to sustainable and affordable housing will support Retrofitting and Demolition jobs throughout the phases of adaptation in this scenario, with the desire to provide permanent housing for residents that elect to remain in the region. As well as seasonal visitors and tourists to the area.
Locality development actions such as adapting and radically retrofitting critical infrastructure, will provide socio economic opportunities for residents early on in the transition phase. Employees of varied skill levels will be necessary to effectively carry out retrofitting, demolition and remediation projects. In conjunction investments in workforce development and entrepreneurship, will be necessary to provide the necessary skill sets for residents to be eligible for local employment. Investments in skills training education programs could also support residents to establish hyperlocal systems, such as producer cooperatives to meet the daily local goods and services of residents. By supporting place based community wealth building - through social cohesion centered networks via, resident owned cooperatives , community development institutions and local enterprises can support the development of alternative networks towards a regenerative economic system.
Adaptation seeks to support the geographical identity of its diverse ethnic, racial, and multigenerational population that currently exists in the Rockaways today. By maintaining the quintessential aquatic characteristics of the area as a liveable and recreation destination space, above safe levels retrofitted for sea level rise.
TRANSIT & MOBILITY
TRANSIT & MOBILITY
Transportation in adapting to meet human needs considers supporting varying opportunities for community and personal mobility adaptable to sea level rise.Which can be sustainable to meet the needs of the retained population without compromising human and ecological well being through excessive air and noise pollution. Also ensuring affordable and accessible mobility options for residents of different income and mobility groups.
The Citizens Science Center, managed by RISE and other environmental groups in the region lead the charge in preserving marshlands and the diverse ecology across Jamaica Bay through an elected taskforce of subject matter experts and volunteers.