Rich Harwood on WITF Smart Talk about Boston Marathon Bombing anniversary
April 14, 2014
Hosted by Scott LaMar
This Tuesday marks the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. Three people were killed and 260 people wounded in the terrorist attack, allegedly carried out by two brothers.
"Boston Strong" became a rallying cry for New Englanders and Americans across the country who supported them. But was the slogan and attitude enough to heal Boston and the region?
Certainly the violence didn't scare off participants for the event itself. It's reported that there are 7,000 more runners registered this year compared to last year's race.
Appearing on Smart Talk Monday is Richard Harwood, founder and president of the Washington D.C.-based Hardwood Institute for Public Innovation. Mr. Harwood is an expert on how communities can move forward after facing tragedy and deal with difficult changes.
Harwood was a key player in helping the people of Newtown, Connecticut decide last year what to do with the Sandy Hook Elementary School building months after 26 students and adult educators were shot and killed. He'll also discuss last week's mass stabbing attack in Murrysville, Pennsylvania.