A little piece of local history is due to be removed in the very near future, and it’s got me thinking about our past, present and where we’re headed.

There are people who bemoan any change. They resist the replacement of older buildings — homes, schools or hospitals — with newer facilities. “If it was good enough for past generations, it’s good for the future,” I’ve heard them say. By and large, that’s not me. I understand why these decisions are made. Old buildings are old. And while they can sometimes be renovated or restored, they’re still old buildings. They can’t always do everything we need them to do, and certainly not as efficiently as a new building can.

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