Writing: NYC Water Infrastructure


OSU CRP 783 City Planning: Municipal Functions

Millions of “larger than life” sized networking, and interconnecting of people, streets, subways, carbon footprint, and tugboats are what activates New York City’s urbanization.  The power of the City has solidified a foundation that cannot be dug out.  The City is like a concrete masonry wall with structural layers of interdependence and self-function.  The structural layers represent different means of infrastructure, via land, air and water.

New York City’s water infrastructure has maintained a highly national ranked volume of goods since its historical origin.  For instance, there are 36 tugboats that still control activity on the pier after many years.

Freight transportation most likely would continue importing and exporting at the same rate whether the piers acquire more or less land.  Since the City fabric self-functions together, the ability to rely on other forms of transportation is possible.

If the City were to consider changes without adding costs and dollars in funding, re-routing or extending a route closer to a movable bridge, could be possible.  In fact, more routes and more trade flow could soar in value under these such opportunities.  This would of course diminish the chances of route errors and crashes.

For instance, the nation’s second-largest maritime shipping port was shut down recently due to barges crashing into an electrical tower in Houston, Texas.  The scene occurred at the narrowest point of the pier, increasing difficulties of access.  Of course, the Coast Guard started to bring to the public’s attention the idea of widening the channel.

Overtime, the volume of goods transported needs to stay at the same level as the efficiency of entering and exiting the water channels.  The physical buildup of the channels needs to be maintained and updated throughout the years.

Since the Port of New York uses its historical methods of water activity, there is always room for setbacks.  Throughout the city, financial, governmental and other forms of support could help the City maintain its powerful foundation.

Another infrastructure change that could possibly help support the diminishing of freight transport is involving regional airports.  Nationalized institutions such as New York and New Jersey airports collaborate within different infrastructures.  These airports support and work together on the urbanization and function of transporting goods on major railroads and ports.

Basically, there are possible opportunities in maintain the economy of trading goods in the Port of New York, whether it acquires less land. The strength and function of the City is unbreakable.

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