Climate Gentrification on the American Shoreline with Michael Allen

Better building codes+resilient shorelines = gentrification

This week, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham track down Michael Allen to talk climate gentrification on the American Shoreline on the heels of his recent piece in Hakai Magazine, "Protection for the Rich, Retreat for the Poor." Michael Allen is a freelance science journalist and editor based in Somerset England. Although he has a zoology degree, over the last few years he has found himself tackling stories covering a breadth of subjects, such as sonic tractor beams, composting toilets, snakebites, and suspected Russian spies. He regularly contributes to specialist publications based in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.  A interesting view from across the pond.



Peter Ravella & Tyler Buckingham

Peter and Tyler joined forces in 2015 and from the first meeting began discussing a project that would become Coastal News Today and the American Shoreline Podcast Network. At the time, Peter and Tyler were coastal consultants for Pete’s firm, PAR Consulting, LLC. In that role, they worked with coastal communities in Texas, Florida, and North Carolina, engaged in grant writing, coastal project development, shoreline erosion and land use planning, permitting, and financial planning for communities undertaking big beach restoration projects. Between and among their consulting tasks, they kept talking and kept building the idea of CNT & ASPN. In almost every arena they worked, public engagement played a central role. They spent thousands of hours talking with coastal stakeholders, like business owners, hotel operators, condo managers, watermen, property owners, enviros, surfers, and fishermen. They dived deep into the value, meaning, and responsibility for the American shoreline, segment-by-segment. Common threads emerged, themes were revealed, differences uncovered. There was a big conversation going on along the American shoreline! But, no place to have it. That's where CNT and ASPN were born.