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Old 07-23-2012, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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some cities are famous for landfills that expand them into their surrounding waters:

Boston: by far the best example. the old tadpole shaped Shamut peninsula is long gone with landfill all around it, most notably Back Bay

Chicago: Streeterville, between Lake Michigan and Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile, of course (as sand filled up the space between the two from old Capt Streeter's island in the lake). Northerly Island where Meiggs Field used to be. And a number of lakefront extensions, particularly in Lincoln Park

New York:: Battery Park City is the most famous, but sections of both the Hudson and East river fronts have been filled in along Manhattan's shores

San Francisco: North Beach was once a beach. The Marina was bay fill for a world's fair. The China Basin area is loaded with fill. And I believe much of Hunters Point is, too. Portions of the Embarcadero have the hulls of old ships from the 49er days (the ones who mined, not huddled). The original shape of San Francisco was far less rectangular in appearance.

Washington: I believe much of the tidal basin near Jeff Mem is fill

Miami: numerous islands in Biscayne Bay

What other cities have land fill and how did it come to be?....including more info about the 6 above.
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Old 07-23-2012, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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Well duh, big cities are bound to produce more amounts of trash.
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Old 07-23-2012, 04:52 PM
 
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Land reclamation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Land fill, not landfill. One is dirt and rock, one is dirt and trash.
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Old 07-23-2012, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Much of Norfolk, VA was built on fill. And now the city is sinking.
Video: Rising tide | Watch Need To Know Online | PBS Video

Much of Newark Bay has been filled in over the generations as well.
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Old 07-23-2012, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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For Detroit...

Belle Isle: The triangular tip is land fill to just about past the fountain.

Belle Isle: And so is the other tip of the island to from the coast line to the road.

Detroit Riverfront: Pretty much everything south of Jefferson is man-made in some way. Much of it was very swampy prior to the 1920s. Pretty much from here going southwest past downtown and into the industrial areas is a man-made coastline.

Harrison Township, MI: Much of this was swampy and subtly sculpted over time.

Grosse Ile Township, MI: Another island bay filled in.
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Old 07-25-2012, 12:15 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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Speaking of NYC land fill, came across this interesting 1916 proposal.

1916 plan for NYC proposed fusing Brooklyn and Manhattan, building new islands

Basically, the East River would be filled, a canal would be built to split Queens from Long Island, more land would be added to the tip of Manhattan reaching almost to Staten Island, and Staten Island would get added waterfront as well.
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Old 07-26-2012, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Speaking of NYC land fill, came across this interesting 1916 proposal.

1916 plan for NYC proposed fusing Brooklyn and Manhattan, building new islands

Basically, the East River would be filled, a canal would be built to split Queens from Long Island, more land would be added to the tip of Manhattan reaching almost to Staten Island, and Staten Island would get added waterfront as well.
Holy you-know-what. that would have been a disaster. thanks for sharing. this is just plain weird.
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Old 07-26-2012, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Speaking of NYC land fill, came across this interesting 1916 proposal.

1916 plan for NYC proposed fusing Brooklyn and Manhattan, building new islands

Basically, the East River would be filled, a canal would be built to split Queens from Long Island, more land would be added to the tip of Manhattan reaching almost to Staten Island, and Staten Island would get added waterfront as well.
I love retrofuturism.

Weird idea, and I'm trying to think of why some of that fill would be necessary, particularly the addition to Sandy Hook and those two weird appendages to Staten Island. Staten Island looks like some kind of cartoon animal with red shoes.

I like the second map. "New Manhattan" sounds like something from Futurama. And the "New River" separating Jersey City from Bayonne, nice
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Old 07-26-2012, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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I love retrofuturism.

Weird idea, and I'm trying to think of why some of that fill would be necessary, particularly the addition to Sandy Hook and those two weird appendages to Staten Island. Staten Island looks like some kind of cartoon animal with red shoes.

I like the second map. "New Manhattan" sounds like something from Futurama. And the "New River" separating Jersey City from Bayonne, nice
I would guess luxury real estate or more sea ports. Or to purely just increase the area NYC could build on without having to annex more areas.
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