A Heritage Preserved

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None of this is going to be accomplished without opposition, of course, most of it from developers who would rather tear down and build up than preserve and restore, but some of it from those who find it difficult to conceive of history in such recent terms, as well as those who dismiss the architecture of the time as transient, faddish, even tacky. But if the Art Deco district of Miami Beach does not serve the purposes of historical antiquity, or if its architectural significance is minor, is there then nothing at all to be said for what it does for the uses of memory?