How Houston Survived Hurricane Katrina

After Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, Houston, TX, became the "shock absorber of the nation."
September 16, 2005, 10am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan
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"If any city in the country was ready for the disaster of Hurricane Katrina, it was Houston. When the catastrophic storm set off the largest mass migration in modern American history, this subtropical-oiltown-turned-energy-capital of two million people, itself no stranger to severe weather, quickly set an extra 200,000 places for dinner...

If Houston became 'the shock absorber of the nation,' in the judge's phrase, it was partly because of its size; Chicago and Philadelphia would fit nicely inside Houston's 630 square miles, with room left over for Baltimore and Detroit...

With a struggling economy, Houston had lots of housing available."

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Published on Friday, September 16, 2005 in The New York Times
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