When Global Warming Intrudes Into Mundane Decisions

In D.C., RFK stadium, which is getting on in years and come 2019 won’t have any sportsball teams using it, occupies a large swath of the city. This, of course, in a city with high housing prices, leads to discussions about what to do with it. Basically, there are two sides, one arguing for housing and business, while the other wants to use it for low maintenance parks and sports facilities.

But this is worth noting (boldface mine):

David Cranor touches on an important consideration: a sizeable portion of the land is below sea level, and thus in the floodplain of the Anacostia River. Any new housing on this land would necessitate raising it to sea level. Building playing fields, on the other hand, wouldn’t require that.

“The city and neighborhood still need more sports fields as I understand it. Nearer the Metro Station – like the parking lots northwest of the stadium would be great places to add housing, but down in the flood plain, building would become expensive. Sports fields become nice buffers to flooding rivers. I think this plan moves in the right direction.”

This will only become more of a consideration–and problem–as global warming continues.

It’s not just for small Pacific Island countries anymore…

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One Response to When Global Warming Intrudes Into Mundane Decisions

  1. dr2chase says:

    Been eyeballing elevations since 1994, after noticing that the annual CO2 max on the Keeling curve was coming earlier in the year. Visited Dublin, thought it was lovely, worried about elevation. There’s a number of municipalities on the west coast of Florida where the tax base is most-or-all on barrier islands that become difficult to maintain with just a few feet of sea level rise.

    And every big new project in town, I’m one of the (now several) annoying people who ask if they’re planning for effects of sea level rise on the local flood plain (for our new electric substation, if/when we rebuild high school and/or library, etc).

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