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2012-11-03 12:04:52 AM
'cities'
 
2012-11-03 12:39:24 AM
R'lyeh shall rise once more...
 
2012-11-03 01:39:41 AM
You didn't rebuild that.
 
2012-11-03 06:17:44 AM
Interesting the Greensburg, KS is on the list as being rebuilt. Having driven through there, we found many empty lots where houses once stood. That and it has half the population it had before the tornado.
 
2012-11-03 06:20:12 AM
First thing I thought of is 'Galveston, Texas'.
Click, surprise.
Iz feel smartz!
 
2012-11-03 06:22:41 AM
Seattle?

/Site is blocked for me
 
2012-11-03 06:24:17 AM
And outside the US there's Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Tokyo, Berlin, Hamburg, Dresden, Coventry, Stalingrad etc. Cities can be quite resilient.
 
2012-11-03 06:30:54 AM
And that's what you're going to get, Lad, the strongest city in all of America.
 
2012-11-03 06:41:22 AM

Dezilith: First thing I thought of is 'Galveston, Texas'.
Click, surprise.
Iz feel smartz!


First thing I thought of
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Galveston, oh Galveston!

/owned the 45.
 
2012-11-03 06:44:02 AM
This list sucks, actually.
 
2012-11-03 06:46:39 AM
I love Galveston. Love the history. Love spending time there. But Galveston never recovered from the 1900 hurricane. It may have been "rebuilt" but it would never be the same.
 
2012-11-03 06:47:22 AM
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2012-11-03 07:00:31 AM

riverwalk barfly: I love Galveston. Love the history. Love spending time there. But Galveston never recovered from the 1900 hurricane. It may have been "rebuilt" but it would never be the same.


At least it fit the list's criteria. Other cities on the list...
 
2012-11-03 07:12:43 AM

riverwalk barfly: I love Galveston. Love the history. Love spending time there. But Galveston never recovered from the 1900 hurricane. It may have been "rebuilt" but it would never be the same.


Yea. Every time I'm there, I can't help but wonder what Galveston would've looked like if all the money hadn't high tailed it to Houston after that storm. If Texas would legalize gambling, Galveston would explode in growth but I guess our stupid leaders would rather Louisiana and the local slot houses have all that money. *sigh*
 
2012-11-03 07:31:37 AM

thisispete: And outside the US there's Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Tokyo, Berlin, Hamburg, Dresden, Coventry, Stalingrad etc. Cities People can be quite resilient.


XXXOOO
 
2012-11-03 07:33:03 AM

alwaysjaded: riverwalk barfly: I love Galveston. Love the history. Love spending time there. But Galveston never recovered from the 1900 hurricane. It may have been "rebuilt" but it would never be the same.

Yea. Every time I'm there, I can't help but wonder what Galveston would've looked like if all the money hadn't high tailed it to Houston after that storm. If Texas would legalize gambling, Galveston would explode in growth but I guess our stupid leaders would rather Louisiana and the local slot houses have all that money. *sigh*


from wiki: "Much of this period represented a high point in Galveston's economy.[4] It is sometimes referred to as the "open era" or the "wide-open era" because the business owners and the community made little effort to hide the illegal vice activities.[5] The tourist industry spawned by the illegal businesses helped to offset Galveston's decline as a commercial and shipping center following a devastating hurricane in 1900. However, crackdowns against gambling and prostitution in Texas during the mid-20th century made these businesses increasingly difficult to sustain. By the 1950s, this era of Galveston's history had ended."
 
2012-11-03 07:34:51 AM

KrispyKritter: thisispete: And outside the US there's Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Tokyo, Berlin, Hamburg, Dresden, Coventry, Stalingrad etc. Cities People can be quite resilient.

XXXOOO


Well said.
 
2012-11-03 07:40:35 AM
To the resident of New Orleans, you will note the Galveston did not rebuild on the same low ground but took some measures to elevate it.

FTA: The wall was constructed between 1902 and 1904, with additional segments added in the 30s through the 60s, and parts of the city were elevated by as much as 17 feet.
 
2012-11-03 08:03:38 AM
Hasn't Minsk, Belarus, been destroyed several times?
 
2012-11-03 08:07:30 AM
St. Louis was never "Destroyed" and rebuilt. The city was founded Feb. 14, 1763 and has evolved into what it is today just as any early city has. Yes, there have been some tornadoes but they did not cause wholesale destruction of the city. Damage for the most part was localized to certain areas at different times, years or decades apart. Lafayette Square was hit hard in the late 1800s, Soulard in the early 1900's etc. but the city as a whole was never destroyed in any sense of the word.

Also, the city of St. Louis is its own county consisting of approx 300,000 people. St. Louis County outside of St. Louis City (they separated in The Great Divorce of 1876), makes up the metro area with a population well in excess of 2 million people. If you include St. Charles County, Jefferson County, and the metro east (though none of them pay taxes but use the facilities), the numbers are even larger. The fact that St. Louis City proper is only 2-300K but has the majority of the crime is why it constantly appears as one of the most dangerous cities in the US.
 
2012-11-03 08:08:33 AM
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Atlanta would like a word...
 
2012-11-03 08:11:23 AM
FTA: "...Greensburg has worked to recreate the town as an example of smart design and tourist destination. Attractions include the world's largest hand-dug water well (shown below, with its new museum) and a 1000-pound meteorite; accommodations boast the world's only (reported) hotel that runs on a wind generator."

Now I know where I'm going for my next vacation.
 
2012-11-03 08:15:25 AM
I knew someone who survived the 1900 Storm. She had some pretty messed up stories.
 
2012-11-03 08:21:20 AM
Came looking for Peshtigo Wisconsin. Disappointed
 
2012-11-03 08:45:58 AM
"Hit way hard" is not the same thing as "completely destroyed". I grew up in Anchorage, and my parents were there for the quake. Better to say "certain parts of the city suffered severe damage".

Now Pompeii; THAT'S what it means to completely destroy a city.
 
2012-11-03 08:49:17 AM
FTFA: But one exception is the teensy town of Greenburg, Kansas, which was decimated by an F5 tornado measuring more than a mile wide in May of 2007. The city, which wasn't even as wide as the tornado, suffered total devastation. Ninety-five percent of the town was demolished by the storm

Goddammit, doesn't anyone know what "decimate" means?
 
2012-11-03 08:54:54 AM

orbister: FTFA: But one exception is the teensy town of Greenburg, Kansas, which was decimated by an F5 tornado measuring more than a mile wide in May of 2007. The city, which wasn't even as wide as the tornado, suffered total devastation. Ninety-five percent of the town was demolished by the storm

Goddammit, doesn't anyone know what "decimate" means?


Or that the F5's nickname is Tiger, not Tornado? Sheesh...

upload.wikimedia.org

/I would have also accepted Freedom Fighter
 
2012-11-03 09:11:00 AM
Detroit, we're waiting for you.
 
2012-11-03 09:11:42 AM

MayoBoy: St. Louis was never "Destroyed" and rebuilt. The city was founded Feb. 14, 1763 and has evolved into what it is today just as any early city has. Yes, there have been some tornadoes but they did not cause wholesale destruction of the city. Damage for the most part was localized to certain areas at different times, years or decades apart. Lafayette Square was hit hard in the late 1800s, Soulard in the early 1900's etc. but the city as a whole was never destroyed in any sense of the word.

Also, the city of St. Louis is its own county consisting of approx 300,000 people. St. Louis County outside of St. Louis City (they separated in The Great Divorce of 1876), makes up the metro area with a population well in excess of 2 million people. If you include St. Charles County, Jefferson County, and the metro east (though none of them pay taxes but use the facilities), the numbers are even larger. The fact that St. Louis City proper is only 2-300K but has the majority of the crime is why it constantly appears as one of the most dangerous cities in the US.


Thank you. So many people do not understand this distinction about St. Louis City and County. Everyone thinks we live in a giant crime area, but its really localized to a few areas.
 
2012-11-03 09:26:04 AM

largedon: MayoBoy: St. Louis was never "Destroyed" and rebuilt. The city was founded Feb. 14, 1763 and has evolved into what it is today just as any early city has. Yes, there have been some tornadoes but they did not cause wholesale destruction of the city. Damage for the most part was localized to certain areas at different times, years or decades apart. Lafayette Square was hit hard in the late 1800s, Soulard in the early 1900's etc. but the city as a whole was never destroyed in any sense of the word.

Also, the city of St. Louis is its own county consisting of approx 300,000 people. St. Louis County outside of St. Louis City (they separated in The Great Divorce of 1876), makes up the metro area with a population well in excess of 2 million people. If you include St. Charles County, Jefferson County, and the metro east (though none of them pay taxes but use the facilities), the numbers are even larger. The fact that St. Louis City proper is only 2-300K but has the majority of the crime is why it constantly appears as one of the most dangerous cities in the US.

Thank you. So many people do not understand this distinction about St. Louis City and County. Everyone thinks we live in a giant crime area, but its really localized to a few areas.


Not familiar with St. Louis, but this is so true in many metropolis - Here in San antonio, we are constantly annexing smaller cities/incorporated areas. And said citizens biatch and moan about the new taxes, yet they continue to use the city's infrastructure and civil servants on a daily basis. Also why San Antonio is the most populated small city in the top ten
 
2012-11-03 09:30:03 AM
Missed one on St. Louis.

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How many times we gonna rebuild that dump?
 
2012-11-03 09:36:25 AM
My industrial company used to have a location in Dayton. That place is a great example of rust belt decline. The whole industrial segment of the city is ready to dry up and blow away. If it flooded today, I think they would just leave it.
 
2012-11-03 09:47:14 AM

sporkme: My industrial company used to have a location in Dayton. That place is a great example of rust belt decline. The whole industrial segment of the city is ready to dry up and blow away. If it flooded today, I think they would just leave it.


My wife is from Dayton, that place really is a hole. There are some nice suburbs, but downtown is horrible and desolate.

There are some huge manufacturing plants in town that are shutdown now. I'd love to sneak in and get some shots of crumbling industrial buildings.
 
2012-11-03 09:54:14 AM
Missing: atlanta, new orleans
 
2012-11-03 09:56:59 AM

Summoner101: Seattle?


Nope. While Seattle is more of a city than most of the entries on their list, I wasn't aware that it was truly destroyed at any point. Sure it flooded, but most of the original buildings still stand (hence the awesome Seattle underground.) Or was there some other major disaster?
 
2012-11-03 10:18:02 AM
Isn't it amazing how "God removed his hand of protection" so many times in the Golden Past of America, even before the gays and the lesbians and the secularists and the ACLU, People For The American Way, and legal abortion?
 
2012-11-03 10:21:46 AM
Obviously those cities were never rebuilt because there was no FEMA at the time they were destroyed. People would have just sat out in the street and waited, doing nothing, and completely helpless without FEMA coming to save them.
 
2012-11-03 10:22:11 AM

orbister: Goddammit, doesn't anyone know what "decimate" means?


Sometimes words change their meanings over time.
Or do you get upset that December is no longer the tenth month?
 
2012-11-03 10:24:34 AM

macil22: Obviously those cities were never rebuilt because there was no FEMA at the time they were destroyed. People would have just sat out in the street and waited, doing nothing, and completely helpless without FEMA coming to save them.


Because if something eventually gets done without help, it makes no sense at all to try to improve the process, to speed it up, and to minimize human misery.
 
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2012-11-03 10:26:20 AM
Today, Galveston is home to nearly 50,000 residents and boasts the world's skinniest park: the Galveston Seawall, at 30 feet wide and 10.4 miles long, serves as a scenic boardwalk and tourist attraction

I'm pretty sure the Katy Trail State Park in Missouri is a lot skinnier than 30 feet and it's over 200 miles long.
 
2012-11-03 10:46:47 AM

Vectron: Detroit, we're waiting for you.

for the second time.
 
2012-11-03 11:38:38 AM

MrEricSir: Summoner101: Seattle?

Nope. While Seattle is more of a city than most of the entries on their list, I wasn't aware that it was truly destroyed at any point. Sure it flooded, but most of the original buildings still stand (hence the awesome Seattle underground.) Or was there some other major disaster?


It wasn't flooding (although that happened a few times in the early days). It was the fire of 1889 that "destroyed" Seattle. The fire didn't spread to Queen Anne, Cap. Hill or First Hill, but downtown, the wharves, and the train stations were wrecked. All of the wood buildings in the area were burned, but a lot of the stone and brick building survived, and those are the base of the Underground.

A far greater proportion (at the time) of Seattle was destroyed than St. Louis in either 1896 or 1927, so I'd say that if St. Louis belongs on the list, Seattle probably does too.

If you like history, and you ever get a chance (if you haven't already), read Bill Speidel's "Sons of the Profits." It's excellent.
 
2012-11-03 11:45:55 AM

sporkme: My industrial company used to have a location in Dayton. That place is a great example of rust belt decline. The whole industrial segment of the city is ready to dry up and blow away. If it flooded today, I think they would just leave it.


Came in here to essentially say this.
 
2012-11-03 12:23:41 PM

Ow My Balls:

Atlanta would like a word...


So would Columbia, SC...


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-11-03 02:29:40 PM
I live just outside Chicago...could you, uh...destroy the city again? Anyone with a...a...um...cow, perhaps? Actually obliterating all of Cook county would just be...helpful.
 
2012-11-03 04:03:06 PM
I guess one could call Galveston, Texas "rebuilt"... however, if it was truly once called "The Wall Street of Texas", then I would be more prone to say that it never recovered.

Galveston's a backwater spit of sand today.
 
2012-11-03 04:08:46 PM

DaCaptain19: I live just outside Chicago...could you, uh...destroy the city again? Anyone with a...a...um...cow, perhaps? Actually obliterating all of Cook county would just be...helpful.


Move to Indiana.... Leave Illinois to people who don't want Illinois to be... Indiana.
 
2012-11-03 05:52:09 PM
Baltimore...

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2012-11-03 07:09:52 PM

0Icky0: orbister: Goddammit, doesn't anyone know what "decimate" means?

Sometimes words change their meanings over time.
Or do you get upset that December is no longer the tenth month?


Damn Julius Caesar and his new-fangled calendar. It will never catch on, I tell you.

/refute instead of deny pisses me off too.
 
2012-11-04 09:48:15 AM
Fredericksburg ...

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