Christian Wagley

Flood Recovery
11:25 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Could Rethinking Development Mitigate Flood Damage?

Admiral Mason Park is an example of attractive stormwater retention.
City of Pensacola

When it comes to shaping cities and neighborhoods, since the late 1940s, urban developers have catered developments to the invention and expansion of the automobile. Cars allowed people to spread out more and paved the way for urban sprawl. This concept of spreading everything out, in turn can result in “pressure that pushes us into more marginal areas for development than we would otherwise.” That’s according to Christian Wagley, a local environmental advocate and green building consultant. What happens when development occurs in those “more marginal areas”?

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