Bad design choices

Here’s an article that I found today. I wish I could say that it was unbelievable, but it’s a tale of dithering , balme shifting and hubris that’s only too believable.

Housing was actively built on land that was designed to flood. And that’s why last year’s floods were so damaging.

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And after the flooding, I remeber hearing a city official praising Houston’s lack of zoning as a good thing because it led to afordable housing.

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When I lived in Missouri, I drove to work everyday past a billboard that read “Your tax dollars are destroying this floodplain.” I never know exactly what it was about, but hard to ignore that all the businesses popping up in that area were on land that flooded less than ten years before.

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When I was working for a flood data company over a decade ago (coincidentally located in Texas), we had a FEMA engineer give a talk about the specific problems in the article and how it related to our work.
One specific ill I can see is how pre-meltdown banks were actively trying to identify and absorb our business practices to bring flood plain issues “in-house”, presumably to save money, but I strongly suspect to have an advantage at pushing an increasing number of subprime mortgages before the collapse.
I believe the banks were definitely complicit in aiding greedy developers before the 2007 collapse, and it finally caught up to them in 2008.

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not ever surprised.

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