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Disaster Recovery Plan
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Disaster Recovery Plan


Tuscaloosa, Alabama

By Joann Gonchar, AIA

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The twister that pummeled Tuscaloosa on April 27, 2011, killed more than 50 people and left a trail of destruction a mile wide and more than five miles long. The city’s plan for rebuilding calls for neighborhoodscaled commercial centers, improvements to several city parks, and the construction of new municipal facilities like police and fire stations. The scheme also includes a recreation trail that doubles as storm-water-management infrastructure. This greenway dubbed the “Citywalk,” follows the scar left by the tornado, preserving it as a “path of remembrance and recovery,” explains Stephen Hardy, BNIM associate principal.



CONTEXT: The recovery plan for Tuscaloosa responds to a devastating tornado with a multipronged rebuilding effort.

March 2012
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