Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Those Boston "infill' coastlines

I'd often heard the old saw that Boston's road network was 17th century cow paths built on 18th century landfills.  I'd never taken the time to see just how much dry land had been created or that Boston used to be on a peninsula (see image at left).  Of course, the article it comes from is talking about peak flooding levels from new research, which points out that all this created land is at high risk for flooding as average high tide levels rise and big storms hit.

These Scary Maps Explain What Sea Level Rise Will Mean in Boston - Neighborhoods - The Atlantic Cities:

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