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Encore: July 16, 2013

The next edition MetroFocus reports on dunes versus ocean views in New Jersey, and what needs to happen in New York City and beyond to prepare for future storms.

NJ Today’s Lauren Wanko reports on the court decision that gives government more power to build sand dunes even when homeowners object. Host Rafael Pi Roman follows up with an interview with (Ret.) Col. John Boulé, former commander of the New York district of the Army Corps of Engineers, about the need to focus on regional strategies.

In the continuing series NYC Votes 2013, Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio tells Pi Roman he’s running because “we have to change the policies of the Bloomberg years or the exclusivity of elitism will simply grow.” De Blasio details his plans for public education, hospitals, higher taxes on the wealthiest New Yorkers, and why he thinks former Congressman Anthony Weiner and former Governor Eliot Spitzer don’t deserve a second chance at public office.

Yale University professor and former New York City Planning Commissioner Alexander Garvin tells Pi Roman what works and what doesn’t for New York city planners in a discussion about his new book “The Planning Game: Lessons from Great Cities.”

And get ready to rumba and tango and swing when you see The New York Times’ report “Dancing The Night Away,” from Lincoln Center’s much-loved Midsummer Night Swing festival.

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