Restoration plans
Hiroshima City's 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 the Land 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.
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