Rebuilding Communities Symposium and APA Mentor Match Reception
Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 5:00pm to Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 8:00pm
Feb 7, 2013, 5pm-8pm
White Stag Building, 70 NW Couch Street
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Detroit and Joplin are undergoing rebuilding and recovery efforts of very different kinds. Detroit, once a thriving metropolis and the heart of the American auto industry, is in the process of recovering from an economic deterioration that has resulted in a dramatic decline in population from 1,850,000 in 1950 to 714,000 today that has left the city with a decaying infrastructure that it cannot sustain. Joplin, a town of approximately 50,000 in the southwestern part of the state, is recovering from a massive tornado that killed 161 people and destroyed 30 percent of the city when it ripped through town in May 2011. The tornado left a zone of destruction a mile wide and six miles long. Neighborhoods, commercial centers, and the town's only public high school were leveled. The approaching start of the school year made the creation of a temporary high school and the design of a new high school the catalysts for rebuilding Joplin and beginning the healing process for Joplin residents. Come hear planning and architectural professionals with Oregon ties discuss their involvement in efforts to rebuild these cities and how the recovery efforts have created a laboratory for innovation that is a model for others.