One of the jobs of city government is to take care of its residents when disaster strikes, and the recent COVID crisis has given each of us an opportunity for a real-time view of whether they are … or aren’t, up to the task. But what happens when an emergency impacts the very bones of the city itself: the buildings, streets, parks, and all the essential functions and services?
We lived in Asheville, North Carolina, and in the days of unfettered travel, we visited Rotterdam, Netherlands; so we have our own tale of two cities.
These are radically different cities on opposite sides of the globe, each of which experienced man-made disasters that threatened to destroy them.
The problem solving strategies used by each couldn’t have been more different, but there’s no arguing with results. Today, both cities are successful, vibrant examples of perseverance, and luckily for residents and visitors, the proof is preserved in architecture.
Our next couple of posts will discuss each one in detail, but the teaser is that Asheville paid the bills to keep the lights on while letting their historic buildings take care of themselves, and Rotterdam took advantage of a clean slate to make a clear bet on the future.
We hope you’ll stay with us to see how sometimes doing nothing is the best thing, and if you’re forced to change, make it a big one.
Good Health and Happy Trails,
James & Terri