The Mannahatta Project :: What Can New York's Past Teach About its Future?

Eric Sanderson of the Mannahatta Project discusses his 10-year attempt to recreate pre-urban Manhattan—and what he's learned about modern sustainability in the process.

For the past 10 years, Eric Sanderson and his colleagues have been working to see what Henry Hudson saw when he sailed into New York Harbor in 1609. The Mannahatta Project is an attempt to rediscover what the ecology of Manhattan was before it was urbanized.

"I think we need a future that has the same diversity and abundance and dynamism of [modern] Manhattan," said Sanderson, "but that learns from the sustainability of the past—of the original ecology, of nature in all its parts."



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