Imagine that you could change one important thing in your hometown. What would you want to change?

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Imagine that you could change one important thing in your hometown. What would you want to change? Use specific examples and reasons to support your answer.

Many people think my hometown is nice. They see a quiet little town by the ocean, and say they would like to live there. My hometown does have advantages that only a small town can possess. There is a sense of community here that one does not find in big cities.

Still, my hometown could use a few changes. Like many small towns, it has small, narrowly limited interests for the most part, making money quickly and easily. At times, everything in my hometown seems devoted to making someone rich, or rather richer. A green field full of flowers becomes the site of an office building or restaurant. A beautiful old home is destroyed to make room for a parking lot. And so on, indefinitely.

This is not to say that business itself is evil, nor that the town must do without development. But in my hometown, “city planning” (when planning occurs at all) seems to be merely an excuse for making fast money. Everything in sight is assigned a monetary value. Would people here put a price on the sunrise and sell it piece by piece, if only they knew how? Sometimes I think they would.

This mentality is what I would change about my hometown. I wish there were some way to persuade people here that a beautiful view, a quaint old home, or even an impressive tree can have a value beyond a sum of money. Is such an attitude a luxury? Not at all. Our town is small, but hardly poor. We could afford to let a few things stand undisturbed merely for their beauty and historical importance.

 

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