The images of what was once Joplin, Missouri continue to astound. Today, a satellite company released some before-and-after photos of the neighborhood around Joplin High School. iPeople will not be able to see this image because it’s in Flash…
But NPR’s The Picture Show blog has several images here that will allow you to slide back and forth between before and after.
Joplin faces the obvious challenge, made more difficult by the fact it’s a poor city. In 2009, 18.3 percent of Joplin residents lived in poverty, compared with 13.7 percent of Missourians and 13.5 percent of Americans, according to Census data.
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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