FLOODING OF RHODE ISLAND RAVINE NEARLY COMPLETE
April 3 2010
Providence, RI – Urban renewal has had a controversial history. While there have been great successes with projects such as Central Park or Cabrini Green in Chicago, there have been just as many failures which have contributed to sprawl, decay, and
bloated budgets. One need look no further than Boston to see how badly renewal can go. The so-called ‘Big Dig’ took decades to complete, was burdened by shoddy construction, snarled traffic in a busy city, and ultimately cost taxpayers billions of dollars in overages and interest payments. The Big Dig was most certainly the dark side of urban renewal.
Of course as populations continue to grow and the demands of those people continue to diversify, such projects are likely to flourish, as will the controversies. One project which has already created a great deal of controversy is the current renewal of much of the state of Rhode Island. With much of the state bursting at the seams, there was little option for government officials but to revamps major sections of the state to adapt to modern times and modern demands. The first phase of that renewal was to begin with massive flooding, which would put many cities underwater. Already near completion however, state officials have already begun fighting outrage from residents who have been directly affected by the flooding.
“We understand that many people have been directly affected by this flooding and we are working with state and federal officials to resolve these issues as effectively as possible. We are aware of issues such as the flooding of homes and businesses as well as the potential dangers of the unsanitary conditions in many of the areas unintentionally affected by the flooding and we are working to solve those issues,” said a spokesperson for Governor Donald Carcieri. “Our objective is as it has always been; to ensure the safety and well being of all our people. We understand that many are undergoing difficult times at the moment but those times are coming to an end. We have not forgotten you.”
The National Guard has been dispatched to the areas designated as whiniest and the governor has been in contact with President Obama over the ongoing controversy.
“Rhode Island isn’t a state that most people would think when they think of urban
renewal. Ohio, Michigan, Kansas, these are states that have really had a rough go of things over the last few decades and they are the ones on the most dire need of some kind of change if they want to compete in future, however Rhode Island has it’s challenges,” said Scrape TV American analyst Dave Davidson. “The whole state has been growing rapidly as both Connecticut and Massachusetts join them in forming this new massive body. It’s reasonable to assume that the sprawl that is currently occurring throughout the region will continue and that means that much of the infrastructure will have to be improved, which is exactly what they are doing.”
The sections of the state targeted for flooding were considered fairly unimportant.
“Like any plan things can go awry which appears to be what happened here. A few people that weren’t supposed to get wet got a little damp. It’s understandable that they would complain but these are some of the issues that crop up when you are taking on a project of this size and ultimately are worth the compromise,” continued Davidson. “Much of the state before this plan has been more or less useless and expendable but by flooding these areas they will drive up property values and ensure that only the strongest areas of the state remain, which will be a huge advantage in the long term.”
The flooding is expected to continue for the next few days at least.
Mike Michaels, American Correspondent