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In April 2011, the largest tornado outbreak ever recorded swept through the Southeast—and, while the destruction spanned several states, Alabama saw the worst of it. Stanley Robinson, the public relations coordinator for Birmingham’s parks system, describes the devastation: “You may have seen it on TV, or you may have seen a photograph—but it doesn’t overwhelm you like when you’re there and standing in the midst of all of that widespread destruction.”
As the anniversary of the tornadoes approached, the city continued its struggle to rebuild damaged infrastructure—and simply to keep up with routine repairs and maintenance for its public facilities. So when Robinson received an NRPA member em....
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