2019年7月18日雅思写作：The restoration of old buildings in major cities in the world costs enormous government expenditure. This money should be used in new housing and road development. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
7/18：The restoration of old buildings in major cities in the world costs enormous government expenditure. This money should be used in new housing and road development. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Every city has old buildings. Every year the governments around the world spend large sums of money restoring them. Some people consider this a huge waste of money and they believe the governments’ budget should go to building new houses and roads, while others insist that the restoration of old buildings in cities is well worth the money.
There are a host of reasons why some urban old buildings should not be restored. To start with, the old buildings are no longer suitable for people to live in, therefore they should be destroyed and give way to new buildings so that people, especially young people in the cities have more living spaces. Secondly, the old buildings can cause inconveniences for the city dwellers. Since there is not a direct route through the old buildings, people sometimes have to go to and off work by making a long detour around them, and in this way much of their time is wasted. Finally, the old buildings may give rise to safety problems. More than 100 people, for example, are killed or injured each year in my city, just because of the collapse of some ancient buildings.
Yet old buildings - at least some of them - are significant historically and culturally, and hence should be restored for that reason. They carry some important messages about the city or even the whole nation. The Summer Palace, for instance, is a perfect reminder of how the imperial family in the Qing Dynasty in feudal China were living and so has great cultural significance. Such old buildings, if well preserved, can become tourist spots and attract thousands of visitors from all around the globe.
We all need a memory of our past. Many old buildings do have historical and cultural value which tells us who we were. We need to take good care of these buildings and keep them as long as possible, however much money it may involve, so that they can tell the stories of the city or the nation to our future generations. Of course, the money squandered on those old buildings with little value should be used to solve more practical problems such as housing and traffic.
Every year, a large amount of money is spent on maintaining old buildings in cities. Some people hold that this amount of money should be used to build new houses and roads. However, I tend to hold a different view that government should fund old building restoration.
Government budget deserves to be invested on the restoration of old buildings as some old buildings are of high cultural and historic values. Old buildings, as a manifestation of culture, vividly show the life in a certain historic period. Take traditional Chinese buildings as an apt illustration. By protecting buildings in Ming and Qing dynasties, modern people can know what kind of life the ancients led at that time. If those buildings were not well preserved and restored, modern people could only gain such knowledge through written materials which may be abstract. The demolishing of old buildings not only does damage to the country’s cultural heritage but also to its cultural identity. Without typical old buildings like the Forbidden city, the city Beijing would look the same as any other modern city in the world.
However, it is true that constructing new housing and roads can effectively solve problems brought by overpopulation and limited space. Old buildings are no longer suitable for living as they often have limited storeys for technological limitation. By contrast, new buildings, especially high-rises, accommodate more people but take up less space, and they overshadow old buildings in terms of lighting and sanitation, which is more suitable for city dwellers. Also, by building and widening roads, the traffic congestion in cities can be effectively tackled. However, when government funds are limited, old buildings of cultural and historical values should be prioritized since new houses and roads require huge funding.
In conclusion, though new houses and roads can solve problems in cities and improve citizens’ living standard, old buildings should be protected well.