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The following link is my favorite example of urban resilience in the Portland Oregon area:

If you click on the link you will see a map of the Portland Oregon Region in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.

This map is showing the layout of the current transit system in place. Using this tool, you can build your own transit system. This system is in place to help bring awareness to the difficult challenges faced in building a resilient system. The Northwest has many natural disasters that could hit it at any time and a proper transit system is vital to reduce loss of life.

The tool has a set budget for you to stay under, which makes it kind of like a mini game. Users can use this tool to help plan scenarios for the future, such as planning traffic routes even before the transit system is built.

I played with the tool pretending that major flooding had occurred. I spent my time figuring out which routes would be best for the city in such a disaster.

I enjoyed this tool very much and told 3 people about this tool. I got 2 comments on this tool. One person said that they would find this tool useful, but would really like to see a tool that could handle two major disasters at once. A likely scenario in Portland would be a massive snow storm and an earthquake at the same time. The other comment given had to do with terrorism. How can these systems help plan for the truly unexpected?

Try out the tool for yourself and see if your city has one like it? Is your better? Worse? Comment and let me know!

And as always... Happy Power Voting!

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Comment by Mita Williams on May 11, 2010 at 1:49am
What a great idea to re-purpose this planning tool into a resiliency tool. Nice one!


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