Book Review: Refining the Waterfront, Alternative Energy Facility Siting Policies for Urban Coastal Areas Public Deposited

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  • Blomberg, Georgiana Dix
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of City and Regional Planning
  • Another conflict in a long line of officially recognized, but yet to be manifested, conflicting demands on our beleaguered coasts has come to the forefront: it is one between the growing interest in and revitalization of neglected urban waterfronts and the need to site a number of new energy facilities; many of them built or predicted in conjunction with Outer Continental oil and gas recovery. The conflict may be the greatest in the northeast; because the northeast is the major market for energy in the eastern United States, it is the region most often preferred for energy facility siting. However, there are quite a few factors, Coastal Zone Management policies among them, which direct development away from pristine or natural areas. As corporations attempt to locate energy facilities in northeastern urban areas, they are more and more unsuccessful - turned away by the efforts of the city's and region's citizens, newly interested in the possibilities and promises of their rediscovered waterfronts. David Morell and Grace Singer, principal authors of Refining the Waterfront, Alternative Energy Facility Siting Policies for Urban Coastal Areas, are convinced that siting strategies "could support, rather than contradict, the innovative redevelopment efforts now underway in many urban waterfronts." (p. 285) They maintain that an energy facility siting strategy must be made compatible with three "critical national priorities:" greater energy self sufficiency, urban revitalization, and protection of fragile rural coastlines.
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  • Carolina Planning Journal
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  • 6
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  • 2
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  • 53
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  • 55
  • English
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