Should cities devastated by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma be rebuilt exactly as before?

A NEW WAY TO BUILD: This "fortified" house built by Caldwell & Johnson fronts a saltmarsh and Narragansett Bay in Wickford village in North Kingstown and has structural improvements that make it resistant to wind, rain, sea level rise, and other environmental factors. PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
With 2017 turning out to be a year of very powerful hurricanes, it makes sense to ask whether it is time to re-evaluate how and where we rebuild areas devastated by the storms. Recovery from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will cost tens of billions of dollars, begging the question, should we rebuild in areas that…
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