Joplin Dreams Big at Tornado Recovery Sessions
JOPLIN (AP) - Joplin residents are meeting for the second time since the May 22 tornado to hatch ideas about how the battered city can remake itself.
About 70 people attended the first of two forums Tuesday at College Heights Christian Church in a part of the city undamaged by the tornado. They swapped ideas on how to not just fix but to also improve Joplin's schools, neighborhoods, economy and environment.
A panel of local citizens will forward ideas generated from the community meetings to city, state and federal decision-makers. A similar mid-July session drew hundreds of participants.
The suggestions ranged from calls for more sidewalks and bicycle trails to building a memorial to the tornado's 160 victims.