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Updates: Jan. 6 - 12, 2013

By January 12, 2013

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Jacket of a book on Haiti's earthquake recovery by Jonathan M. KatzThis week we've been thinking about how tragedy often leads to renewal. In the early 1900s in New York City, Grand Central Terminal City grew out of a tragic steam locomotive accident. Although we never wish for disaster, we celebrate the brave and brilliant re-invention of stricken cities.

January 12 is the third anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, and we wondered how they're doing. From all reports, progress is not being made quickly—or at all. Jonathan M. Katz's new book, The Big Truck That Went By: How The World Came To Save Haiti And Left Behind A Disaster (Macmillan, 2013, compare prices), paints a bleak picture of missed opportunities for renewal.

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