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[Topic: In the course of urban development, we often find ourselves confronted with the old building problems. Some people think we should pull down the old houses and buildings in the way; however, others argue that it is a very rash decision to tear them down without full consideration. What's your opinion?]
Nowadays, human society is developing increasingly fast on a wide range of fields. However, in the meantime, many problems have arisen, a serious one of which is old houses problems. This issue has drawn widespread attention. Some people think that it is necessary to take over all of the old houses and rebuild them, whereas many others argue that it is a very rash decision to be made without full consideration. In my opinion, I am in favour of the later point of view.
There is no doubt that not all of the old houses should be pulled down. To begin with, some of the old houses are memories and histories. For example, in China, many old houses have been standing there for hundreds or even thousands years. By looking at them, people can understand how their ancestors live and what the stories behind those houses were. Moreover, it is a waste of time and resources by tear them all down in order to achieve urban development. The government can keep a perticular area in a city as a ancient district and more the development to its surrounding areas. It can not only save money and time, but also keep its historical buildings for future generations to visit, since they are a part of the culture of a city or a nation.
On the other hand, there are arguments indicating that no old houses should exist. The fundatmental reason for this is that many old houses are getting quite dangerous, they can no longer serve people anymore. Obviously, it is true that most of the old houses were made of wood which does not stay for as long. Having said that, however, the apparent problem, as far as this opinion is concerned, is the fact that those dangerous buildings can still be fixed. For instance, they can be added with reinforced concrete beams to make them stay much longer without collapse. Thus, we should not overlook the fact that it is possible for us to allow them to stay for longer.
On the basis of the above meantioned arguments, I would concede that some old houses can be dangerous. Despite that, they represent history and culture which are worth to reserve for as long as possible.