An article in the New York Times examines the possibility of building a massive barrier to protect New York City from hurricanes and other large storms.
It points to the hurricane barrier in Stamford, Connecticut, as evidence of how such a barrier could prevent loss of life and millions in damage to homes and businesses during Hurricane Sandy. According to the article, the Army Corps of Engineers estimates that the 2-mile-long barrier system in Stamford helped prevent about $25 million in damage. The protected area encompasses about 600 acres, including downtown Stamford. Would creating a massive, costly barriers system in New York Harbor be cost-effective or even possible?
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