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UN Names Hoboken, N.J. a Role Model City

City honored for its flood-risk management practices

By Livability.com on March 4, 2015

A man and women carry dogs across a flooded street in Hoboken, NJ during the 2012 flood.
Hoboken / Alec Perkins via Flicker

When it comes to flood-risk management practices, more cities could be like Hoboken, N.J. That’s according to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. The international group named Hoboken a “role model city” this week, making it one of just 45 cities worldwide to receive such recognition. 

“We are honored to be recognized for our efforts to make Hoboken more resilient,” Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer says. “Through a multilayered approach to resiliency, we are on the cusp of solving a more than century-old flooding problem.” 

Hoboken is pursuing a variety of strategies to mitigate flood risk, including plans to retain more than a million gallons of stormwater runoff through green infrastructure. You can read more about it on the UN’s Disaster Risk Reduction site. 

We’ve picked Hoboken as a Top 10 Foodie City, Best City of New College Grads and one of the Best Places for Liberals. Protecting residents from flooding just sweetens the story. 

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