On October 29 2012, after a ravaging ride that started in the Caribbean and would eventually cause the death of at least 286 people in seven different countries, Superstorm Sandy slammed into New Jersey and New York with unprecedented force. The chaos that followed was just as unprecedented. The world’s most important metro region remained completely dysfunctional for days. 8.5 million people were without electricity, 650,000 houses and over 100,000 companies were damaged or destroyed. Estimates as of June 2013 assess the damage at over 68 billion US dollars.
Hurricane Sandy was unlike any storm before it. While everyone affected by it continues to push forward with the recovery process, Sandy has made it clear that it is not possible to simply rebuild what existed before. A different approach is a necessity this time around, to make sure the region is resilient enough to rebound from future storms.