Many of us have experienced losses after the recent tornadoes, or have tried to help those who have. A week ago I traveled to Tuscaloosa to visit some friends, whose house is shown above. It is located in a beautiful historic neighborhood called The Highlands, and it was barely recognizable to me. Massive century-old trees are gone. While my friends’ house sustained relatively minor damage, the beautiful neighboring house will probably not survive. Other houses from the 1920s and 30s face demolition or major repairs.
Other neighborhoods suffered more, and have fewer resources to build back. As a silver lining, perhaps Smartcode, promoting pedestrian-friendly and sustainable development, can be implemented in the “start-from-scratch” neighborhoods. A lot of effort, money, and patience will be required to mend this huge wound in our environment.