REFLECTION PAPER 4
Preservationof historical sites is an important aspect because it helps inproviding a learning site to the upcoming generations. It is the roleof the government officials and the community to protect these sitesfrom being grabbed by individuals that may desire to have the placesused for other purposes. As David Laskin narrates of his experienceafter travelling to Rome, where he tried to retrace the steps ofWorld War II and the invasion of Nazis to the Jewish Ghetto, thePortico d”Ottavia with a lot of problems (David, 2013). Accordingto the author, gentrification of the Rome has lost its sense ofhistory. In this paper, the role of local officials in preservingplaces of historical sites will be discussed. Besides, it will bediscussed that there is nothing wrong with businesses takingadvantage of the “tourist” climate, despite the historical eventsthat occurred on the historical sites.
Accordingto David Laskin, gentrification has led to sites of historicalsignificance such as the Jewish Ghetto to lose their sense of history(David, 2013). I feel that local officials have a role of ensuringthat historical sites become preserved. This is critical in ensuringthat the historical sites do not lose the historical significance.The local officials have to ensure that the historical sites becomeprotected from the grabbers. Failure of local officials to protecthistorical sites from grabbers would make the sites fade from historyor even lack any historical importance. Such sites must be kept aspublic places, where people can visit and commemorate the historicalsignificance associated with the site (Tyleret al, 2009). The local officials should have total authority ofprotecting these historical places and should be given support fromthe government, where necessary.
“Tourist”climate is critical to the thriving of the economy. Whenever touristvisit a historical site, they may desire to have extra services thatcannot be found in the historical sites for instance, tourists maydesire to eat or drink, but food may not be available in thehistorical site. As such, I feel that it is an advantage to theeconomy as businesses take advantage of the “tourist” climate tosell commodities and services to the tourists. It is not wrong forbusinesses to take advantage of the “tourist” climate because atthe end of the day, the businesses will earn some resources, whichwill add to the income of the country. Besides, this income iscritical in reducing unemployment because the people that will takeadvantage of this climate would have a source of income for theirfamilies. However, businesses have to be controlled not to interferewith the historical significance of the historical site. Forinstance, businesses may be allowed to take place in the outskirts ofthe historical site, but not inside the historical site (Tyleret al, 2009).
Localofficials have a role of ensuring that historical sites are preservedin order to safeguard their historical significance. Grabbing ofhistorical sites should be considered unlawful. These historicalsites should be made public, where people can come together tocelebrate the history associated with the sites. Businesses can beallowed to take advantage of the “tourist” climate that mayemerge from people visiting the historical sites however, businessesshould not be allowed to take place inside the historical sitesbecause this may make historical sites lose their significance. Iwill use this information in ensuring that historical sites in thecommunity become protected.
David,L. (2013, July 12th).Echoes from the Roman Ghetto: NewYork Times.
Tyler,N., Ligibel, T., & Tyler, I. R. (2009). Historicpreservation: An introduction to its history, principles, andpractice.New York: W.W. Norton & Co.