Learning from Past Disasters

Stromberg, Meghan
December 2005
Planning;Dec2005, Vol. 71 Issue 11, p8
Trade Publication
The article discusses rebuilding plans of several cities and towns in the United States that survived natural disasters. Following the 1989 Loma Prita earthquake, San Francisco, California decided to tear down the quake-damaged Embarcadero Freeway, an elevated waterfront highway. In its place a ground-level, multimodal boulevard was constructed to reconnect the city to San Francisco Bay. In Oakland, California the quake also caused the collapse of portions of Interstate 880. That freeway has since been rerouted to the outskirts of West Oakland, and a wide boulevard follows its old route. In the summer of 1993, 90 percent of the structure in the city of Valmeyer, Illinois was damaged due to the flood which led to the overflowing of Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Rather than rebuild, the city decided to move on a bluff overlooking the river.


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