The cheapest protection for downtown would not likely provide the greatest community value. If we look at this protection as an opportunity to create a beautiful community space connecting downtown to the river, the best is yet to come.
Here’s a video from Todd Kurtz of Wday of last nights 5 – 0 vote to explore the technical feasibility.
Thanks to Professor Madani and these incredible young talents for sharing their visions for creating a beautiful community space in the area east of the Civic Plaza where permanent flood protection will be built.
Thanks to the 2012 NDSU 5th year Landscape Architect students shared their beautiful concepts for introducing our revitalizing downtown to the under appreciated riverfront.
Revitalizing our city’s core is ongoing and many of the successful projects like Broadway’s redesign, new Main Ave bridge and riverfront area there were derived from community planning work in the 2002 Downtown Framework plan, 2003 Riverfront DevelopmentPlan, 2007 Framework Plan, and fits with key initiatives from 8,000 engaged citizens for Fargo GO2030 that is ongoing to implement these plans.
These pictures below are just a few examples of why we need permanent flood protection and to use this opportunity to create a beautiful new space connecting downtown to the riverfront.
We have to wait until the water rises 6′ above flood stage to even start to build this clay dike. In 2006 it was built twice.
This is a large ground fault west of second street in the civic lot hat is getting worse over the years. Moving 2nd St and permanent flood protection a bit west away from the river gets to about 3′ higher ground, gives the river more capacity, and more stable ground.
Here’s an example of another flood control project overlayed in our footprint. backing away from the river puts protection on higher ground, avoids slumping, and adds capacity.