Back in October I referred to an article regarding the boardwalk problems that Coney Island is having (read – Concrete Crumbles Coney Island). If you recall, it was about how the concrete installed at the Coney Island boardwalk was crumbling, disgusting and lacking personality. Well, much of the Coney Island boardwalk is still wood and still needs updating. The New York Times has a followup which talks about plastic being the new alternative to wood and how it’s inevitable.
But, before I give you that link, I just have a few things to say about plastic:
Sure, it’s more cost effective, but plastic doesn’t absorb heat as well as wood, so it’s going to be hot on your bare feet. Plastic also doesn’t have the same charm. Oh and is plastic forgiving on the knees of a runner? Oh yeah, and why do we need to make more plastic? How about a bamboo boardwalk? It would be more environmentally responsible for us to use a harder wood than what we currently use.
Alas… I know I’m alone here and it’s a losing battle.. when it comes to rebuilding our boardwalk, you might as well take this New York Times article and replace the words “Coney Island” with “Long Beach” because I know this is where we are headed:
New York Times – Wood May Give Way to Plastic on Coney Island Boardwalk