Justlike many other historical sites, the Roman Ghetto has experiencedgentrification. This has to some extent eroded the history andhistorical significant of the ghetto but at the same time exposed thesite to tourists. While the process of gentrification can largely beattributed to economic forces, locals have a central role to play inpreserving these historical sites. Additionally local officialsespecially in urban planning have a critical role to play to controland regulate economic forces from overrunning these historical sites.They can achieve this by setting up laws to control development inthe area and also developing supportive facilities such as pavements.Ordinarily, inventors will buy land and buildings in such historicalsites and renovate or redevelop them to modern and high incominggenerating buildings. Local officials can allow private investors insuch areas to invest but control the type of buildings developed tospecifically preserve ancient buildings that tell the history of thatplace.
Alternatively,local officials should create plans to enable the local or centralgovernment to own up those sites. This can be done throughrepossession where government can buy these sites from the privateholders. If that is not the case, then local communities should beallowed to run and manage these sites since they have a largerinterest in the history of the place other than economic gains. Inthe case of this Jewish town, the development of the place to a levelthat also retains its history is critical in driving tourism traffic.The local Jewish community should be allowed to own and run theplace. They have the best knowledge about the historical events andalso understand its significance to their history as a people. Thehotels and eateries in the place which encourage cultural tourismalongside sightseeing should also be ran and managed by this localcommunity. Outsiders may be driven by the mere desire for profitsother than facilitating cultural exposure which in the long run willbe detrimental to the site.
Onbusinesses being developed in the Jewish ghetto despite its sadhistory, I think there are two ways to look at it. One is that thebusinesses support local tourism and increase the number of dailyvisitors. From a moral perspective, the businesses provide sustenanceto hundreds of people who earn a living working in those businesses.On the other hand, the businesses can be viewed as an insult to thesad events that took place in that area during the Second World War.I believe that the local Jewish community is the most suited todecide whether the businesses should be there or not. As the peoplewho were affected in the war, they should have the last on whether toallow the businesses there or not.