New York City provides an excellent case study of a waterfront city that is actively working to reclaim and revitalize its more than 500 miles of shoreline. The city’s waterfront areas have been used for centuries as hubs of shipping and commerce, and now the mayor, planners, and other stakeholders are envisioning the future of its waterfronts through comprehensive documents like PlaNYC and the Vision 2020 Waterfront Plan.

Both of these documents call for an improvement of water quality and envision a future in which each neighborhood has access to waterfront recreational space that is vital to residents’ quality of life. In addition to this, the Vision 2020 plan contains the following goals:

  • Enliven the waterfront with a range of attractive uses integrated with adjacent communities
  • Support economic development activity on the waterfront
  • Restore degraded natural waterfront areas and protect wetlands
  • Improve governmental regulation, coordination, and oversight of the waterfront
  • Identify and pursue strategies to increase the city’s resilience to climate change and sea level rise

Our team is studying these issues along with many others, such as zoning structure, densification, stormwater runoff, circulation, and energy efficiency with the goal of releasing an analysis of best practices and recommendations for waterfront revitalization in our main study city of Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

zoningThematic Zoning Map of NYC, Johnny Aguilar


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