In the remote rural village, people survived from generation to generation by living off the land, farming with animals and crops. Being remote, people learned their way of life from their parents and grandparents. This would have given them a good sense of community so even the people living in harsh conditions felt attached to their ways of life when the opportunity came to change it.
The sense of community would have been very important to the people living in Whitehorse village. Having connections with their neighbors would have made lives much easier and more enjoyable. Your friends would live next door, the person you traded food and farm animals would live next door and the person you would grow up and marry would probably have been one of your neighbors. Having these connections with the people around them was a big issue and with the new city it was feared that this community would be lost with people living in such a large and urban place.
Over 10 years an entire way of life was destroyed making way for the new city. Bit by bit they built over centuries of history, whether that was a house that a farmer had built for himself, or a gravestone for a long lost relative, it did not matter, it was to be removed and built over. The farmers of Whitehorse village had lived through such hard times with so much history of their, own and generations of ancestors who had lived their before them that some people felt the need to protect when the government wanted to build over their houses.
Changing culture is not always a bad thing. Even though people are scared to leave behind all they know, what they are used to is not necessarily better than the new life they could get with the urban city. Coming alongside the new city, new and more modern cultures would evolve, particularly technological cultures including television and the internet.
However culture is a very personal thing and would be impossible to replace when the city is built over it. Though there might be other compensations that would come alongside the city that some people would prefer, the old life that they were living can never be brought back.