Fading Towns

West St., Bertram, TX

It saddens me to see once vibrant towns in decline. I wonder what can be done for them. Is preservation enough? It seems to me that all preservation does is to lock the town in the past. Or at least, that is what happens if the focus is only on preservation. I think the focus needs to be on both preservation and economic growth, with economic growth the major focus. If preservation is to take place, the question needs to be asked, how does preservation of a specific building or landmark serve economic growth?