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By Mahesh_P_Butani (registered) - website | Posted February 23, 2010 at 12:27:24

schmadrian>> "...No matter the cause, it's all so sad. What's fascinating is that athletics has more of a learning community tradition than civic planning and politics in general do."

In Ontario, while much good has come from the actions of Architectural Conservancy of Ontario and the Ontario Heritage Trust – a phenomenal amount of heritage has been lost in the last fifty years on account of our inability to look at the whole picture.

Back in the eighties even in a developing country like India, people got together to fight the destruction of heritage. The result was INTACH

Much heritage has been saved in India since then by: "Sensitizing the public about the pluralistic cultural legacy; instilling a sense of social responsibility towards preserving its common heritage; and protecting and conserving its living, built, and natural heritage by undertaking necessary actions and measures."

We can clearly see in many examples from across the world that economic development and heritage preservation are not mutually exclusive – Buildings and structures that have been saved from neglect and willful destruction, are now some of the most vibrant and financially lucrative cultural and tourism destinations.

"The Facelift and the Wrecking Ball: Urban Renewal and Hamilton’s King Street West, 1957–1971" by Margaret T. Rockwell is one paper that Ontario's politician, councils and now sadly even university presidents must be made to read - before being elected to office.

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