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Lessons for Urban Survival from the Infamous Chicago Heat Wave

Lessons for Urban Survival from the Infamous Chicago Heat Wave

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The Chicago heat wave of 1995 killed over 700 people and displaced tens of thousands of residents. What made the event so infamous wasn’t the heat itself, rather the government’s attitude and response before, during and after the crisis. Responses to disasters in this country have gotten better over the course of time. However, there are also serious shortcomings that have yet to be appropriately addressed, and some things simply haven’t changed whatsoever in the 20 years that have since passed.

 

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