The USA has been around for a little more than a mere two centuries. Admittedly, there isn't much history to be had in such a short span of time, at least relative to Old World countries in Europe or the empires in the East which have millennia of history.
But none-the-less, in these two-plus centuries, I'd like to think we've made a name for ourselves, particularly in the fronts of industrial and technical innovation and engineering.
The light bulb, controlled nuclear reactions, mass produced automobiles, microwave ovens, the telephone, and the cell phone to name a few, are all innovations that came out of the US. These are historical advances in the course of mankind that will have a lasting impact for decades to come.
Should we not, then, protect the sites where such innovations originated? Then should we not place a value on these sites as a sort of historical monument to ingenuity and weave them into the fabric of our history? These are our Colosseums, our Leaning Towers, our Pyramids; these are historical monuments at their birth. Protecting these sites is the logical thing to do as, indeed, the history of the US is one of industrial and technical achievement.
So it is quite sad to find out that the legendary Bell Labs Holmdel facility (right in my backyard) is going to be razed for a new office complex.
If such a legendary landmark is razed for new office complexes, it would be quite a shame as it has indeed generated an enormous wealth of technologies and innovations in the 5 or so decades it was in operation.