Experience does not equal information, apparently

“Italy Allows Illegal Homes to Be Rebuilt, Earthquake Zone or Not,” The Wall Street Journal, March 4, 2019.  The headline says it all.

Leaving aside the impact of a government “permitting” the building of “illegal” homes, what does it say when that government allows the illegal homes to be rebuilt on the site of a recent earthquake?  Is convenience more important than either law or safety?  And does the Italian government thereby accept liability for deaths and damage from the next quake?

I see aspects of Governance (or lack thereof), Information (experience with quakes), and Compliance (impact of ignoring existing law).

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Filed under Theme One: Information, Theme Three: Compliance, Theme Two: Governance

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