A few years ago, Katrina taught us about the risks of building a city in a river delta. This year, we’re learning (again) about the dangers of building cities on a flood plain. In other cases we’ve learned to avoid earthquake faults. When you consider hurricanes and forest fires and water-supply issues, a whole bunch more places get crossed off the “ideal site for a city” list. So, where is it safest to build a city? In the mountains, perhaps? Maybe I can find a chart of homeowners’ insurance rates or something, to see where the insurers think the natural-disaster risk is lowest. Hey, look

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