Should the city require a basement or storm shelter be built in all new houses?
Asked at Massachusetts Street on February 22, 2005
“No, I don’t see why they should. The city shouldn’t force contractors to build more expensive homes.”
“Yes, because of all the large rentals in Lawrence. Those people need protection from tornadoes, as well.”
“No. People in Kansas don’t go into their basements for tornadoes. They go out and watch them on their porches.”
“Yes. It sounds like a good idea, because it’s a safety concern. Doesn’t the government have a responsibility to the people to keep them safe?”