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Unfortunately, because of the 2008 Olympics and other developments, Beijing is rapidly demolishing the old districts of Beijing - the historic hutongs...it's very sad to see these little courtyard homes disappear so rapidly.
 

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Much of Toronto's either burnt down or was destroyed. There are many buildings still remaining but they don't make up any "district". Just kind of strewn throughout core.
 

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That would be Pioneer Square in Seattle. Though Seattle is a very young city compared to the megas, it still has a fascinating history. A lot of the old buildings were damaged during the Nisqually Earthquake of '01.





Old historic buildings in the shadow of modern skyscrapers.
 

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Boston...

Beacon Hill Area:





Old State House, built in 1713:





Faneuil Hall, 1742:





Boston Common State House:



Green Dragon Tavern, Reproduction of the tavern frequented by Paul Revere and other American rebels in Revolutionary times:



Massachusetts state house, design in 1798:



Old South Meeting House. Built in 1729, a Puritan church that site of the a Samuel Adams speech that led to the Boston Tea Party:



 

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here are some of the old theaters in Los Angeles



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most of them are still standing today


 

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Seoul doesn't have any historic district despite being inhabited for two millenia and having been the capital for over 600 years.

About half were demolished during the Japanese colonization, the other half during the Korean war. All Seoul's got is the remnants of palaces and temples. SAD!
 

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rxpilot said:
Unfortunately, because of the 2008 Olympics and other developments, Beijing is rapidly demolishing the old districts of Beijing - the historic hutongs...it's very sad to see these little courtyard homes disappear so rapidly.
hey, actually the majority of beijing residense do prefer living in the highrises, the compatablity of hutongs with household infrastracture is bad, they werent build for electricty, sewage, and centralised supplied water and etc. Its just the foreigners who critise it without even knowing whats going on. And in any case,if preserving the old is so important, then why dont we just all go back to the stone age and never advance our technology, or more extremely(but fit the philosophy of preserving), why dont we just burn everything we built and kill ourself just for the sake of preserving the old earth. My point is, we can't just protect the heritage just for the sake of it. and theres such thing in the world called "PROGRESS", those old building are going to be destroyed SOONER OR LATER, but if they have practical or artistic values then its fine, but others are gonna get destroyed eventually. so whats the point of getting rid of them now than later.
 

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Although Ankara was originally established about 3000 years ago, it stayed as a small strategical military and trade crossroads city for a long time, until geographic discoveries, then lose importance until 1920's when it become the capital of the new Turkey Republic.

One of the oldest structures shall be the citadel, few thousand years old. But the buildings surrounding are not older than 100-150 generally, most of them were built in 1900's.

Ankara Citadel


Ankara Citadel, The old town and Ulus the historical district of Ankara



Historical Buildings in Ulus mainly built after Republic, in 1920's.
























 

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It was only a couple of years ago that I read in some book that most cities have experienced great fires -- I think it was in one of two books on Montreal's evolution where I learnt this -- I don't remember how come the city didn't come to expereince one -- this dread of conflagration was feared by some many urban dwellers around the world back in the day. I learnt from a book on Istanbul that it suffered from conflagrations virtually every year.

I love seeing the many old driveways when strolling in the neighbourhood adjacent to downtown's eastern side here. They're breezeways cut through the row housing that must have led to the stables in the hidden rear courtyards.

Cheers,
Chris
 
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