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Paolo Soleri presents this proposal as an alternative to the levee system in New Orleans.

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Paolo Soleri presents this proposal as an alternative to the levee system in New Orleans.

His letter to the editor of TIME Magazine on 12/19/2005: NEW ORLEANS, DO NOT BUILD LEVEES, BUILD LEVEE CITY! The investment in constructing new levees, we speak now of an initial 40 miles, can be an investment for the foundations of a 40-mile-long linear city right on the spot of the existing levees. For a 20-30 story city, the foundations would be a barrier far, far more storm-proof than a blind buried wall of China with no purpose but fighting the unfriendly rising water.
[Image & text: Cosanti Foundation]

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Consider the real estate value of a beach front development. See the European experience where thousands of kilometers of coastal line are the living and tourist trade treasures of the Mediterranean basin.

Let New Orleans nostalgically rebuild itself, lets restore the natural barriers that once existed but lets also institute [Tennesse Valley Authority like if necessary] an Urban Laboratory one-kilometer-long [two third of a mile] that is an exercise of coherence between nature’s tantrums and the human condition, now on a binge of distraction and destruction. Take a few minutes for the SOLARE proposition. We are trying to reach society at large. Your millions of readers could be a shot in the arms of our 40 year struggle at presenting the LEAN ALTERNATIVE to the unequivocally materialistic incline that will eventually do us in.
[Image & text: Cosanti Foundation]

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