Changing City's Name: Disadvantages Outweigh Advantages
    2010-12-06 19:38:27      Web Editor: Xu
Xiang Fan City in Hubei Province will be renamed to Xiang Yang City, which stirred the internet debates recently. Local experts have been quoted as saying that the new name symbolizes more cultural heritage and would drive the development of local tourism.

Commentator Liu Changhai at notes that the minor change of the city name will incur big economic costs. Accordingly, the name of administrative zoning, administrative agencies and enterprises, documents and publications all must be changed.

Liu says that changing the city name of Xiang Fan to Xiang Yang is a big deal this time. It will become a new source of economic growth for the printing industry and manufacturers who make those licenses and certificates. Millions of dollars in profits can be harvested.

Liu questions if this logic holds water --nothing must be done but changing city's names will guarantee big profit. However, what supports this so-called economic growth in those related industries? Where does the money come from?

The article argues that any argument has two sides to the coin. Economic growth driven by changing the city's names could be overwhelmed by economic consequences. Government officials only fix their eyes on anything that could help them move up the hierarchy ladder. Interests of ordinary people are ignored.

The paper concludes that to change a city's name does not really matter much for city development. Beijing is still a place for the Chinese to dream of without being renamed any one of its ancient names. Government officials should put people's interests first.

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