What would be the point of remembering the South Bronx as a burned-out ruin full of defaced walls enclosing charred remains and rotting filth? Why not repaint and forget and let the past bury the past?
Is there a point to wallowing in the fruits of our labor?
The Potemkin Village vibe might be creepy, but it's better than the post-apocalyptic wasteland vibe any day. It tells you that your city cares and is trying to fix the broken windows and set right the future by erasing the past.
Forget and forgiving is irrelevant.