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How Can Communities, Cities and Regions Recover From Disaster?

How Can Communities, Cities and Regions Recover From Disaster?

This video was recorded at MIT World Series: Big Questions After Big Hurricanes 2005. "Are Cities Resilient? Disaster Recovery, Past and Present" Will New Orleans rise again, and if so, in what form? Lawrence J. Vale offers both comfort and caution. "In the last 200 years, there has been almost no case of a major city anywhere that hasn't been rebuilt after a major disaster," he says. Whether post-bomb Hiroshima, or Chicago after its 19th-century inferno, urban disasters become opportunities for "building back bigger and stronger," says Vale. Citizens and policy makers share narratives around these common traumas, of the sustained horror but also of inevitable progress and possible redemption. The issue for New Orleans will be how politics and economics attach to these themes. Will the city... Show More


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