administrative efforts toward a restoration plan began with the establishment
of a City Restoration Bureau in January 1946 and moved into full
gear with the launch of a Restoration Council in February. Until
the Restoration Council disbanded in March 1948, it studied plans
from various angles with the purpose of "establishing a perpetual restoration plan." With private citizens also making suggestions and moving to reconstruct homes and businesses, the city filled with calls for restoration.
Common to many suggestions, uniting the public and private sectors was a desire
to reshape Hiroshima into something different from what it had been. Having
lost the war and experienced the world's first atomic bombing, the people were
ready to work to create a city with a unique character, one that would embody
the concept of enduring peace.
Though various restoration proposals were made, very few were adopted. By the
fall of 1946, the War Damage Reconstruction Plan was in place. It included
Readjustment Jurisdiction and Basic Arrangement Plan, which outlined the basic
plan for creating roads and parks (including green zones and graveyards). The
plan was not an unrealistic dream, but reasonable and feasible.