Thanh Nguyen

ESSAY 20: Should a city try to preserve its old, historic buildings or destroy them and replace them with modern buildings?

Posted on: June 18, 2009

Should a city try to preserve its old, historic buildings or destroy them and replace them with modern buildings? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

Nowadays, many cities have to deal with a controversial problem that whether a city should preserve its old, historic buildings or destroy them and replace them with modern buildings. I believe that different people will have different opinion. According to my experience, I think we should preserve the old, historic buildings instead of destroy them. I would like to use three following reasons to support my answer.

First, the old, historic buildings are the witnesses of history. Although these buildings would take up a lot of spaces, they are the only evidences left in a city which can tell us about the city’s history and provide many valuable experiences. These buildings could tell people what happened in the past and what was the past like. From that, people could gain knowledge and experience to contribute to the modern society better.

Second, the old, historic buildings represent history, so they could be used for educational purposes. Children can learn history in class, but learning history in a historic structure can provide them a better and more appropriate environment to study, which make children much easier and happier in learning history. It is necessary for children to know about the past, so they can understand better about the modern society.

Third, the preserved buildings would offer important clues for archeologists to study the past. Archeologists could find many antiques in these buildings, which could give them very valuable information. It is more advantageous to maintain the preserved buildings well than to destroy them and build new ones.

In conclusion, the old, historic buildings should be preserved for the reasons above. First is that they are the witness of the past, then they could teach students many things and last they are the important clues of archeologists.

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