The residents of Joplin, Missouri suffered unspeakable tragedy when the May 2011 tornado left the small city in ruins and 161 people dead. Today, it is in the midst of a new crisis as city leaders, under fire, backed down from proposals to market the devastation and recovery as “tornado tourism.’’ While every effort should be made to respect the solemn nature of Joplin’s history, the city should reconsider.
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