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York has to move forward and adapt
THE King’s Square controversy and the possible reuse of the Reynards building has again ignited the “heritage of York dilemma”: do we keep York as it is, how we know and love it, or do we adapt and change York for the better?
The strength of feeling people have for York is immense, and this kind of argument shows this perfectly. However much we may not agree with opinions different to our own, we should be glad that people care so passionately.
The balance between what we retain and what we change is delicate. But York should never be preserved in aspic. It is a beautiful city that retains heritage from the Romans onwards, but that should be no basis to keep York as it is; it has to move forward and adapt as it always has.
If York had never adapted to changing circumstances, the railways would never have come here, we would still have cars driving up Stonegate, and Lendal Bridge would never exist, let alone moaning that you cannot cross it during the daytime!
Jonathan Peters, Gray Street, York.
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