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Reinventing itself

May 7, 2009 - Steve Murch
A couple years ago Greensburg, Kan., was wiped out. The town of less than 2,000 was completely destroyed when a tornado hit it. While it was all over the news, the way news is you move on to the next big thing.

Well the town rebuilt — the green way. As it was rebuilt residents did so with ecology in mind. The rebuilding process, and life in Greensburg, has been chronicled by Planet Green TV. CNN currently has a story about the town on its site. The links to both are at the right.

What would happen to Hillman or Rogers City or Onaway for instance if the entire town was wiped out by a tornado — using those towns because of they are similar to Greensburg in that they aren't heavily populated. Would they rebuild the town as a group, or would people try to do so individually to meet their own tastes and desires? What about Alpena? Even though it's not a big city, it's big enough that neighborhoods would be damaged, but likely not the entire town. Or what if it's just the downtown?

Every community has its own identity and a devastating event like a tornado would alter the town regardless of whether it was the town or a neighborhood or the downtown. Would a community band together and develop a plan to either rebuild itself as it was before, or redefine or reinvent itself?

The people of Greensburg, Kan., should be commended for their fortitude in the face of a daunting task. They didn't give up on their home and found a way to hopefully make it a better place to live.


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