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History versus heritage

Halifax has been settled, expanded and redefined for the past three centuries. This city has a storied past that is part of our identity. That said, there is a difference between history and heritage.

History is the inherited relics and stories of our shared and individual past. Heritage is what we value in the past. To use the words of Robin Quigg, "Not all old buildings, structures and histories are heritage." Heritage should be beneficial; it is composed of the things that we consciously decide to keep, not simply all of the things from the past that we still have.

If all our collective histories were heritage, Value Village would be a wing of the national archives. In order to truly be a dynamic city we must address and preserve our heritage when it has a positive effect on the city, and knock down the structures that are degrading the fabric of our streets.—Jordan, Halifax

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