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February 17, 2010 1:36 PM

Mexico's recovery from 1985 quake could be model for rebuilding Haiti

Though Mexico's government botched its initial response to the 1985 earthquakes, it found the right formula to build and repair tens of thousands of homes. Spurred by the social unrest following the quakes, the Mexican government, aid groups and activists built or rehabilitated nearly 100,000 housing units in the capital in less than two years — an achievement widely considered a success that could serve as a model for quake-torn Haiti.

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