Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Preparation drills for earthquakes

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Robert W. Mackay takes cover under a shopping cart inside a Target store. Leslie Gordon of the USGS in Menlo Park was at the Northridge store Thursday during the ShakeOut, a series of simultaneous earthquake drills throughout California. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / October 20, 2011)

Given the failure of many people (including me) to react "properly" in the face of earthquakes, given the recent experience of a quake in the Mid-Atlantic centered in Louisa, Virginia, we need to look to California and other places where quakes are a regular occurrence, for better guidance.



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