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City Inside/Out looks at issue of retrofitting unreinforced masonry buildings
City Inside/Out Local Issues: Quake Quandry
11/17/20174:31

The city of Seattle has flagged more than 1,000 older buildings with unreinforced masonry, putting the structures at risk of collapsing during a major earthquake. Should property owners be required to retrofit these buildings? Who should pay the estimated $1 billion price tag for seismic upgrades? While preparing for the next Big One, can the city preserve its historical structures and prevent rent increases to cover the cost of retrofits?

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