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Reconstruction Plan Could Dramatically Reshape Haiti
The set of guidelines seek to pull people out of earthquake prone areas such as the nation's capital. Its far-reaching goals could dramatically reshape the country, according to New York Times Architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff.
"Prepared by a group of urban planners from the Haitian government agency responsible for the country's development, the plan is built around a bold central idea: to redistribute large parts of the population of Port-au-Prince to smaller Haitian cities, many of them at a safe distance from areas most vulnerable to natural disaster. In the process the plan would completely transform Haiti from a country dominated by a single metropolis to what the planners call a network of smaller urban 'growth poles.'"
The guidelines are still in a nascent stage, and Haiti's fate will ultimately have a lot to do with economic and political developments beyond the scope of planners."