UCLA professor Liz Koslov provides expert opinion in a Curbed NY article about managed retreat and development in New York City

January 2, 2020

Liz Koslov, UCLA assistant professor of urban planning and environment and sustainability, was quoted extensively in a Curbed story about development along New York City’s coastlines and the reality of sea level rise. In the face of this risk, many scientists, planners, activists and academics are calling for managed retreat, defined in the story as “the strategic relocation of structures or abandonment of land to manage natural hazard risk.”

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After Hurricane Sandy hit New York in 2012, Koslov followed the organizing efforts of waterfront Staten Island communities who demanded buyouts of their properties in firm opposition of then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “Build it Back” redevelopment campaign. She is writing a book about their grassroots managed retreat efforts. 

There are many unanswered questions about managed retreat, but Koslov suggests that addressing issues sooner than later could enable “a vision for what ‘just retreat’ would look like and how it would actually happen.”

Read more at Curbed.