UMKC students come up with their own plan to rebuild Joplin after tornado

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A group of  UMKC students and staff designed a plan to rebuild Joplin after the tornado.

Nine UMKC Architecture Urban Planning and Design students planned a semester-long project called Rebuild Joplin.
 
The plan was to make downtown more pedestrian-friendly, use vacant lots and keep homeowners from rebuilding in the flood zone.
 
Jacob Wagner, an urban planning and design professor, had students do the same project after Hurricane Katrina hit.
 
"In both New Orleans and in Joplin the question is always do we rebuild it just like it was or do we take this opportunity and try and figure out what we can do differently to make people's lives better," Wagner said.
 
Students hope their design will become part of the rebuilding plan. They presented it to organizations close to the rebuilding process.
 
There's been no word yet if any part of the plan will be used.
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