There are many towns and cities designed and
constructed in previous centuries, and they are suitable for those times. What
problems are caused by this today? And how to solve these problems?
Visiting ancient towns and cities is seemingly thought as an significant part of people’s
traveling plans, whereas talking about settling down there people surely will
begin to doubt whether living there is possible and whether comfortable or not.
Eventually, residents in old towns and cities built and planned
long time ago are confronted with quite a number of problems. To begin with, narrow streets
there were designed before modern transports’ popularity, leading to the fact
that an efficient public transport system cannot be applied. In addition, pipelines for
natural gas and heating system, two considerably important social services for
modern lifestyle, cannot be in harmony with constructions built hundreds of
years ago. Metropolis in history are usually horizontal ones without any
high-rise buildings, and thus relatively smaller population is able to be
accommodated there, which is absolutely against urbanization regarded as main
task for most of governments worldwide.
It seems easy that governments can utilize modern technology to modify old towns and
cities for providing local people with much more comfortable living conditions.
Rebuilding like this, nevertheless, definitely ruins what our ancestors left us.
Instead, governments should make every effort to preserve old towns and cities,
and strictly control the population of who are willing to accept ancient
lifestyle and settle down there. Adjacent to old towns and cities, modern cities
should be planned by governments where residents can share more social resource
and enjoy more convenience brought by usage of high-tech in our daily life. Only
by this way, can those cultural heritages be protected perfectly.
Reforming old towns and cities with a couple of hundred years' history is completely an
unwise decision. Meanwhile, as for who like to enjoy a modern, comfortable and
convenient lifestyle, moving out of old places seems like the only solution.