6 Months Since the Haiti Earthquake

Assistant Professor and Faculty Coordinator in the City Planning and Urban Affairs Program at Metropolitan College Enrique Silva offers insight into the rebuilding of Port-au-Princeto the Huffington Post:

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“When we talk about rebuilding or restructuring Haiti,  we are talking about much more than the massive collapse of buildings and infrastructure.  We are also talking about political, social, and economic structures that could not mitigate the impact of the quake.  From a purely technical perspective, the physical reconstruction of Haiti and its capital region might be the easiest, but no less daunting, task ahead.  In terms of physical reconstruction and building, priority needs to be given to housing, road networks, and basic utilities like electricity and clean water.  Without safe shelter and reliable infrastructure, Haitian households and businesses will have a difficult time becoming stable and productive. “

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