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Nostalgia of the future?

January 12, 2011

Photo by Karen Neal – © 2010 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

Phil/Dad (on hill overlooking their California hometown):       Wow. This place has really changed. Time marches on, eh?  See that Starbucks down there?   You know what that used to be?

Alex/Daughter:       An orange grove?

Phil/Dad:       No. A Burger King. You can still see some of the architecture.

Claire:       Thank you, for this. I really do feel better already.

Phil/Dad:       You can go home again, Claire. [kiss]

This little bit of dialogue from the First Episode (“The Old Wagon”), Season Two of “Modern Family (air date: 22 September 2010) made me laugh.  (The nostalgia event was prompted by the need to get rid of the old family station wagon — and the trauma of letting go of all the memories attached to it, including sipping milkshakes on the hilltop overlooking town.)

The idea of waxing nostalgic for a long-lost Burger King made me wonder about the future.  Will we fight preservation battles to save the “neighborhood” big box store?  Will a Friends group form to save a 2009 pharmacy, complete with drive-thru window, from the wrecking ball?  Will that highly dense country club development, townhouses mixed with McMansions, be nominated as a potential National Historic Landmark District?

In the future, what do you think will speak to us of this time?

Photo by Karen Neal – © 2010 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Bruce permalink
    January 12, 2011 3:18 pm

    Nostalgia? Sure! Preservation!? hmmmm.. I don’t know about that .

  2. January 12, 2011 5:13 pm

    As long as people age and life changes nostalgia is unlikely to disappear, but this has me wondering what changes we will see in preservation.

    I don’t think preservation will be confined do architecture. As technology and social values shift, I think the things preserved will shift reflecting the values of a different generation.

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