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January 14, 2014

Haiti rebuilds, but some jobs ‘give you the willies'

  • A study found 90 percent of Haiti's construction is done without an architect or engineer. Safety is considered a luxury.
    Associated Press

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — On a steep hillside on the edge of Haiti's capital, Pacha Jeudy slaps soupy cement onto jagged cinderblocks and stacks them into a wobbly wall. The home looks likely to collapse in a big earthquake, just as his neighbors' houses did in the January 2010 temblor.

    Less than a mile down the hill, construction workers are adding two floors to a three-story office building. The owners couldn't be located to explain their plans for the structure, but steel reinforcing bars extending toward the sky suggest that yet another floor beyond those five is in the works.

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