The "Dirty Harry College of Urban Planning"

From the LA Times, Building Cities Like There's No Tomorrow:

Bulldozed? As they did to that famous ghost town, Chicago, after the great fire? To San Francisco after the 1906 quake? Still, I only said it was Hastert's timing that stunk; the question he suggested in such stumblebum fashion will one day, and soon, have to be framed properly and posed about the Gulf Coast.

It's a question that California is forced to ask itself every year, after our seasons of fire, flood, drought and quake, after Laguna Beach slides, after Malibu burns, after Paso Robles rattles and tumbles: Do we walk away from it for good? Build it again, fast and cheap? Build it again, slowly, expensively, safely?

Should we really be raising up cities in a bathtub, a fire zone, on a fault line?
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Whether we should build and rebuild or not, we probably always will. The serious question then becomes how, and on whose terms. Our cities would look — and live — like entirely different places if they were designed exclusively by engineers, or by preservationists, or by insurance adjusters.

Most likely, they'll be built, and rebuilt, as always, by graduates of the Dirty Harry College of Urban Planning, whose school motto is: "You've got to ask yourself a question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?"

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