A vacant house in Brownsville, circa 2011 (now demolished).
When buildings are deemed disposable, like so much of what we have today, they are not regarded for their historical interest or architectural value. We are living in a culture where things are created to be meaningless and valueless, aside from their intended use. It is hard to imagine a time when things were made to be beautiful, when things were meant to endure and be maintained rather than being disposed of when repairs were called for. When buildings are demolished, the message is that these places are not worth repairing, and that the town itself, and the history of it, is just as disposable as that one building.