As Greensburg, Kansas begins the slow process of rebuilding after the wake of an F5 tornado back in May, many residents are uncertain when, if ever, the town will ever return to its former self. Even with the recent announcement that Greensburg would be the center of attention for a new documentary headed by Leonardo DiCaprio called Eco-Town, some folks aren’t waiting to see the results. From the article,
“Some residents seeking to rebuild complain of being stymied by construction moratoriums imposed while the town ponders its new direction. Others are considering rebuilding just outside the town limits to avoid what they see as inevitable property tax increases needed to fund the return of police, utilities and other basic services. City leaders haven’t said whether a tax increase is on the table. With all the difficulties, some residents predict that the population will never rebound past about 700 people, roughly half the town’s pre-storm population.”
Experts predict that it may take 5-10 years for the town to fully recover; so Leo’s project will probably be more of a jump-start than a rebuilding project. Either way, there’s one word to consider that might make sticking around worth it: investment. A “greener Greensburg” with an international audience, celebrity association, and cutting-edge eco-technology and design may draw environmentally friendly industries to the area. This would mean more jobs, more tax revenue, and a stable economy. What kind of insurance rates prospective companies face by building in a tornado-prone area remains a question mark. What do you think? Would you stick around?