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drewmaniac DOWN, NOT OUT (last Joplin post). In the coming months after the tornado we returned, not just to volunteer, but sometimes just visiting friends and loved ones. It's been remarkable to see how quickly much of the city has rebuilt. It certainly hasn't been perfect, and there are still some areas and lots that sit empty. They're a sad reminder of the tornado that cut a huge path right through the heart of the city. But, overall Joplin has rebuilt and continues to move forward from the single deadliest tornado in the United States since 1950. #drewsarchives #joplin #missouri #joplinmo #showmejoplin 10h
  •   austin_gti Man, I went through Joplin in 2012 a few years after and it really stuck with me. The damage had all been picked up but just seeing this huge swath taken out of the city was really surreal. 10h
  •   abracawhyareyoustillhere It's incredible how much this town has changed since the tornado 8h

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drewmaniac Our car filled up with water and supplies, we arrived at dawn, the morning after the tornado devastated Joplin. First order of business was to meet up with a friend of ours and go volunteer with AmeriCorps. There are scenes from that day I will never forget. The hospital that took a direct hit (seen above). The light rain that fell all day long. The conversation I had with some officers from Kansas City (far from their normal beat). The tearful, brief visit with a former co-worker who lost everything - but he and his family were unharmed and that was about all that mattered anymore. The way nothing looked the same, and the fact that it was hard to tell where you were because street signs were gone. I gained a different perspective on life 5 years ago in Joplin. One that has stuck with me ever since. #drewsarchives #showmejoplin #joplinmo #missouri #joplin 16h
  •   jmitchem Whoa. I'm glad you got to experience this. In spite of the reason. 16h
  •   drewmaniac @jmitchem Thanks Jim - and in a weird way, I am too. I grew up a lot that day and in the days that followed. I learned to be a whole lot nicer to people and not so idealistic. Something about standing in the rain next to a former co-worker who you used to never see eye to eye with - but now you're looking at the tears in his eyes as he says he's just happy to still have his family alive and unhurt - will make you reconsider all that stupid 9-5 crap you fight over with people sometimes. Ok sorry... I almost went full rant mode. 10h

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drewmaniac It's hard to believe that 5 years have passed since that horrible Sunday evening. We had just moved to Texas the month before - from Joplin. We were excited about the new chapter in our new lives. We were happy to be moving on from a small town to the big city. We never realized that the next time we would visit our old hometown, so much of it would be unrecognizable. #drewsarchives #joplin #missouri #showmejoplin #joplinmo 1d

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amotero Many of you already know that five years ago, on May 22, 2011, my hometown was devastated by an EF5 tornado. As part of the recovery, the butterfly was selected to represent the metamorphosis of our city. What makes it more interesting are the stories of the "butterfly people.” Many survivors, mostly children, spoke of the butterfly people, saying that they protected them from the storm. You can read more here: goo.gl/t2OCrX

#DrawingOfTheDay #JoplinProud
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12eightyonephotography I'll give you one guess as to who made this....ok ok it was @adamwithabeard #beardedladyroasters his drinks are impeccable! #cappuccino #Joplin #showmejoplin #espresso #cupcakesbyliz #local 5mon

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drewmaniac "Simplicity is the glory of expression." ~ Walt Whitman #drewsarchives 6mon

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amotero The murals make me excited for this place to open. 6mon

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amotero If you're in Joplin, go outside RIGHT NOW. If you're not, this is what you missed. 7mon

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drewmaniac Free of charge. Free your mind. Free as a bird. Free for all. Free to decide. Free is never free. Free at last. Free the people. Free my people. Free upside down. #streetart #joplin #joplinmo #showmejoplin #mo_ignation #missouri 9mon

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