The Washington Post Sunday
A radical approach to floods
The Sept. 8 Metro article “Alexandria floods pose quandary” about flooding and infrastructure woes in Alexandria struck a nerve with this longtime city resident. Though I sympathize with my neighbors over their flooding issues, we need to step back and ask if the types of mitigation activities proposed really solve the problems over everincreasing flooding due to climate change.
Do we, in fact, have to do something more radical for coastal cities: rezone areas that were previously viewed as habitable to nonhabitable and right-size our zoning to take into greater consideration the real effects of climate on our land use? Such an approach would be forward-leaning and more cost-effective for the challenges ahead.
Ross B. Simons, Alexandria