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Adaptation through Acquisition: Planning for Home Buyout and Acquisition in the New York Region

Moscovitz, Alexandra Nicole

This paper analyzes how the New York Region instituted home buyouts and acquisitions as a tool for adaptation against flooding, program outcomes, and how proactive urban planning approaches can better prepare the region moving forward. Research uses three case studies of buyout and acquisition programs and incorporates a mixed-methodology design in literature review and qualitative interviews. The study first identifies the current literature on regional risk to climate change and flooding events and land use adaptation, then details acquisition and buyout program structure and outcomes through data collected from plans, reports, funding trackers and qualitative interviews with program administrators and experts. The study then discusses the findings from these case studies, defines the implications to urban planning, and makes recommendations for moving forward with a proactive planning for managed retreat through acquisitions and buyouts.

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More About This Work

Academic Units
Urban Planning
Thesis Advisors
Hutson, Malo A.
M.S., Columbia University
Published Here
February 8, 2019