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Using resilience dollars to improve a community

When it comes to resilience, you shouldn’t plan to save the things that aren’t working, says Stantec’s David Dixon

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<p>David Dixon: One of the really important things, when you think about resilience, both in terms of planning ahead and then rebuilding is you don't plan to save the things that aren't working. You know it's a transit system designed for 1925; it's public housing that hasn't been livable for 30 years. You basically need to plan to say, &quot;How can I get resilience dollars that help me prepare, not just to protect what should be protected, but how can we use the dollars we're getting to protect it to improve it, to make it what we need.”</p> <p>I'll give you a very classic example. We have a great opportunity with Marc Wouters in New York to do some resilience planning for some of the public housing on Coney Island.</p> <p>So, what happens with this public housing? Well, first of all, the first floors in which people live all have to be emptied out. So we know we have to build maybe 600 new housing units. Well, if we're going to build 600 new housing units and we know that isolating people into pockets of poverty doesn't work and we have a housing economy and housing preferences that actually value diversity, and folks that would love to live by the sea who have means, why don't we infill this site in ways that make it far more walkable, and really look at how can we keep everybody who is there and create a mixed income community?</p>

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