Opinion

March 4, 2010

Commentary: Haiti reconfigured

Last month in Port-au-Prince, President Rene Preval told our congressional delegation that Haiti needs to be "reconfigured" not "reconstructed." He is right. Even before the earthquake, development in Haiti was on an unsustainable course. Poor planning, weak building structure, deforestation, soil erosion, and uneven population distribution between urban and rural areas, were all challenges for the Haitian government.

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