Originally Posted by LabelKing
Yes, this is a shame and which is why, in certain cases, a country should not open up, as Cuba.
I suspect if Cuba becomes a global nation their architectual heritage will be demolished by ugly chain hotels and company headquarters.
Oh trust me, time and zero finances are doing a better job of that then any hotel chain could. I submit exhibit A:
Most buildings along the malecon look like they could be knocked down by a swift breeze. The residential part of Habana Vieja is in the same condition, if not worse, and makes up a far chunk of the city. Further inland and the buildings are much better off although not great. The government has in recent years been trying to resort the waterfront back to its former glory but clearly it is quite time/money consuming.
Ideally Old Havana and the Havana waterfront would be restored to its former glory, but having actually seen the conditions of the buildings personally, I can't imagine it being fiscally reasonable to restore all these buildings including several hotel towers from the 40s/50s that have been condemned. Do you only use superficial patchwork to preserve the history of said buildings or do you place more concern in the overall structural sustainability? For the sake of the people who still live in these things (rather cramped I might add as housing is a serious problem in the city), I would hope the latter. Again, I only use Havana as an example because other towns/cities are not in such a drastic state of disrepair.