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Cities in the 21st Century

Flood Control and the Growth Machine in Des Moines

Julian Hyde
Macalester College
Abstract :

How does society respond to natural disasters in urban areas? And who makes these decisions? What happens to a city during a disaster is largely a function of the situation there beforehand. Natural disasters are often called acts of god, but in many ways they are the product of human decisions. How much property is destroyed and how many people die are the results of human decisions, as is what property is destroyed and which people die. How we deal with natural disasters is likely to become especially pertinent in the near future as global warming increases the risks of dramatic weather events. This is particularly true for flooding, the specific type of disaster considered in this paper (IPCC, 1996).

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Hyde Flood control

Date Deposited : 26 Aug 2015 14:22

Last Modified : 26 Aug 2015 14:22

Official URL: http://digitalcommons.macalester.ed

Volume 2, Number 1, September 2012

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