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Redesigning our coast to hold back a hurricane
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Henk Ovink, the director-general of national spatial planning and water affairs in the Netherlands, is currently advising the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on how to rebuild the coast to better withstand a hurricane.

No single project could give the U.S. the level of coastal fortification that the Netherlands has, but it would be a start, Ovink noted. “If you do this on a regional scale, your region will be safer and more resilient,” he said. “Every dollar is worth four if you do it in a more resilient way. We want innovation. It’s the next standard. It’s not the standard that we have now.”


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Finally we have engaged the experts! There was an article in the New Yorker magazine right after Sandy describing how the Dutch have learned to tame the water and I was hoping that the US will follow the process. Good to hear that they brought Henk Ovink to spearhead this important task. Those hard-working taxpayers who complain as to why their money should be used to sponsor such programs-quit whining and realize that the reason people have a great standard of living and are generally happy in the countries such as Nederlands, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark is precisely because they have strong social support systems, trust in the government and an understanding that having most of the country live comfortably is better than to have 1% living excessively.

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