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Rebuilding affordable housing is essential for coastal businesses' hurricane recovery

By Shannon Van Zandt, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, Texas A&M University
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How a community recovers after a disaster like Hurricane Ian is often a “chicken and egg” question: Which returns first – businesses or households?

Businesses need employees and customers to be able to function. Households need jobs and the services businesses provide.

As an urban planning researcher who focuses on housing recovery after disasters, I have found in my research that they’re mutually dependent. However, in coastal communities, the recovery of tourism-based businesses like restaurants and…The Conversation

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