Lessons From Greensburg?

What if your entire town was virtually wiped off the map in a single afternoon?

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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.

They’ve received quite a bit of media attention, for instance, from the Kansas City Star, and the Washington Post.

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?

-KG

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