Tearing Down the Old to Make Way for the New?
Expensive and bad economics

Americans waste a lot of money tearing
down buildings rather than using what they have. Shannon Miller with the San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation says:
it's not good economic sense.

"We as a public have already invested
in the infrastructure, the sewers and streets that support the buildings that exist and if we are not using them, then we are not using that infrastructure investment either."

And too many franchises and you
can't tell one American city
from another.

"When you in downtown San Antonio
enough buildings have been preserved
so that you know you are in San Antonio
as opposed to Houston."

Miller says
it's also good economics to save
old buildings because
new infrastructure also doesn't have to
be created for new buildings.

San Antonio used to rely on street
cars first introduced
in 1878. But the city ripped up the
infrastructure when people moved to suburbs.

Now it's costly, and controversial,
to replace all of that ... what
happens when you tear down the old and
bring in the new.

"And so now the costs are
much larger to try and rebuild that
stuff," says Miller.