1. Imagine you are an architect in charge of designing a new building. Create a fire-resistant design and list the materials used.
2. What effects – both positive and negative – could a fire such as Atlanta’s in 1917 have on a growing city’s economy?
1. What items would you try to save out of your own home if you had less than 10 minutes to hand carry them out (assuming that all people and animals were safe and that the roads were blocked to auto traffic)?
2. You are a reporter for The Atlanta Journal on the day of the fire. Write a news story for the front page. Some ideas could be a story on thieves, different parts of town, and how people were affected by the fire. Who would you interview? What questions would you ask? What pictures would you take?
3. You are a city planner in 1917. Present a plan to the city council for their ideas on how to rebuild the city. Make to consider the following: How can we guard against another fire? How can the areas that burned be improved from their pre-conflagration state? Should we rebuild the neighborhoods for the people who lost their homes? Should we renovate other similar neighborhoods that could be fire hazards? How might you help those hurt most by the fire?
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conflagration: an enormous fire
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