Better, Faster, Stronger

Natural disasters are nothing to be wished for – the costs to individuals and societies can be overwhelming. But experts note that rebuilding can prove a boon, through more jobs and faster innovation. Boston Globe reporter Drake Bennett explores the issue of the unsought benefit of calamity. Plus: Georgia and Russia; China under the lights; Spain's sports edge; and the pound may be trouncing the dollar, but a new study finds New York City beats out London on livability.