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"how much of this distress existed pre-Sandy?"
April 17, 2013 4:24 PM   Subscribe

After Sandy, a great and complex city reveals traumas new and old. "Occupy Sandy" represented a disaster cooperativism in opposition to "disaster capitalism" (previously: 1, 2, 3)

A Disaster For All Seasons
In other words, we’re now on a planet where extreme disaster seems ever more normal and, when it comes to the weather, such extremes can increasingly be considered man-made or at least human-influenced. It’s important to keep in mind as well that what’s a catastrophe for many of us always turns out to be the main chance and a profit center for at least a few of us
Race, Class And Disaster Gentrification
posted by the man of twists and turns (4 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite

 
Hurricane Sandy longboat thread.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 4:29 PM on April 17, 2013


Natural Hazards, UnNatural Disasters is a great primer on the social/political component of disasters.

In the disaster management sector, there's the catchphrase "build back better." It would be awesome to do these not just in terms of building codes or wetland restoration (as critical as those are), but also in terms of community resilience in a multi-faceted sense.
posted by spamandkimchi at 5:20 PM on April 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


Oh dang, the "Race, Class, and Disaster Gentrification" article is a must-read. Thanks for this FPP.
"In a neighborhood where over 70% of the population lives in public housing, to allocate 80% of incoming resources to small businesses along a gentrifying corridor simply callous."
posted by spamandkimchi at 5:26 PM on April 17, 2013 [3 favorites]


Making Disaster Pay
More Sandys are surely headed our way, more climate-driven disasters of all sorts than we can now fully imagine. And rest assured, they will be no more “natural” than the Chicago fire, the Johnstown flood, or the San Francisco earthquake.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:18 AM on April 26, 2013


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