What if your entire town was virtually wiped off the map in a single afternoon?
That’s pretty much what happened in Greensburg, Kansas, two years ago when it was hit by a tornado. (Not the Rust Belt, I know. But maybe we can learn something.)
Since then, the town has been rebuilding in a greener and more energy-efficient manner.
I’m not sure if any of our cities could replicate what is being done here. Greensburg has some critical advantages: a blank slate to work with, lots of disaster aid, and as one article put it, “let’s face it, the dumb luck of having “green” in its name.” They also have a ton of free labor in the form of volunteers.
The disasters that have struck places like Cleveland or Detroit haven’t happened in a single afternoon, though they’ve been no less dramatic. How could cities like ours have similar success stories?