A. Vernon Woodworth

Architect and code consultant, AKF Group

Stories by A. Vernon Woodworth

Harbor barrier study undermined by assumptions

Harbor barrier study undermined by assumptions

Starting point of UMass Boston research dictated conclusions

A PUBLIC UNIVERSITY releases a report advising on the course of action that a major urban center should pursue to prepare for predicted sea-level rise and increased frequency and severity of storm events.  What is the public reaction?  How is the report evaluated?  Does a single study based on numerous unexamined assumptions set the course(...)

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14-mile dike could protect Greater Boston from sea level rise

14-mile dike could protect Greater Boston from sea level rise

Barrier would run from Cohasset to Swampscott

A RECENT story in the Boston Globe, with the headline “Floods seen as warning of Boston’s future,” described how sea level rise and storm surge effects predicted for later in the century made their appearance during last week’s bomb cyclone. The article also mentioned various studies on what to do about sea level rise planned or(...)

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Driving in the breakdown lane

Driving in the breakdown lane

We need to get serious about infrastructure investment in Massachusetts

US investment in the preservation and development of transportation infrastructure lags so far behind that of China, Russia and European nations that it will lead to “a steady erosion of the social and economic foundations of American prosperity in the long run.” That was the conclusion of a recent report issued by 89 transportation experts,(...)

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