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Mayor of Atlantis

What Bloomberg’s plan gets right, where the ideas come from—and how much further they could go.

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Illustration by Bryan Christie Design


Michael Bloomberg’s $20 billion to-do list for repairing the coastline may seem radical and huge, more a fantasy of a water-adapted metropolis than an actual plan. Yet almost every proposal in it is a modest version of a strategy that other parts of the world—the Netherlands, mostly—have already tried, often on a far grander scale.


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