Article link: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/13/we...=1&oref=slogin
Communities discussed in the article -When a thriving community cataclysmically finds itself reduced to rubble, how can it put itself back together ?
Many towns — floodstruck or tumbled by tornadoes or hurricanes — have wrestled with that question, and there is no single solution. But people who have been through it, as well as experts in town planning and disaster recovery, say there are pitfalls and priorities, and many things a place like Greensburg should keep in mind: How historically or culturally significant were the buildings? What is the town’s economic engine? Where do people work? How young or old is the population? Is there a visionary leader?
“In some communities people may be much more comfortable just putting things back together the way they were, and in some cases they may want to embark on a totally new direction,” said James Schwab, a senior research associate for the American Planning Association, who is considered a guru of disaster recovery.
It will be interesting to see how Greeensburg, KS will approach this big question.
Is this question still being played out in New Orleans, LA ?