Selfish disregard for history
It has pained me lately to see the callous attitude of so many younger people in the village. They really don't care much about history and basically mock those of us who do. I'm wondering why they live in Coconut Grove if they don't care about the history or the beauty, or what's left of both. Commodore Ralph Munroe must be spinning in his grave (look him up young people) to hear all the talk about greed and progress. Perhaps it's that so many of these people grew up in the CocoWalk and Mayfair age and they don't know what the Grove once was.
|Most of Greenwich Village, in NYC, looks the way it did 100 to 200 years ago.|
I can just imagine these people in "real" historical places like say, Boston: "Hey, let's get rid of that Freedom Trail. Why do we need that ugly red line up and down the sidewalks? And while we're out it, let's get rid of those old sidewalks, I don't care that Paul Revere and Benjamin Franklin walked on them, let's put in new cheaper stuff and while we're at it, let's pull out those 200 year old trees and put something else in! And that old North Church, it's too old, let's put in a chrome and glass condo instead!"
|The Keller Hotel from the 1890s.|
One of my favorite places in NYC.
Or in Philadelphia: "That bell is cracked! Let's get a new one -- something shiny in chrome and glass!"
Or New York: "Highline? Fogetabout it. Knock those old train tracks down. We don't need them." Or in Greenwich Village: "George Washington's mews? What the hell are mews? Knock 'em down, put in an outdoor mall!"
They would have a field day in New Orleans.
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