Skip to comments.World Trade Center's Slow Going
Posted on 09/11/2005 5:16:50 AM PDT by kellynla
NEW YORK -- The tourists from California peered through the slats of a metal fence surrounding the World Trade Center site, looking down into the nearly empty 16 acres for a sign of what happened here on September 11, 2001. Four years after terrorists hijacked jetliners that destroyed the twin towers, Steve and Marta Pilling thought they would find a memorial, something more than the names of the 2,749 victims on panels attached to the fence. "This reminds me more of a construction site," said Mr. Pilling of Murrieta, Calif. Because the downtown Manhattan site is both a valuable piece of real estate with grand plans for skyscrapers and museums and the place where the nation's worst terror attack occurred, it has driven a rebuilding process fraught with delicate negotiations among politicians, developers, architects and family members. "It's the most emotionally charged building project in the world," said Robert Yaro, head of the Regional Plan Association advocacy group in New York. Common ground at ground zero has been hard to find: Ambitious plans for everything from a 1,776-foot tower to a performing arts complex are on paper, but construction on most buildings has yet to begin. Leaders of the process say a remarkable amount of work has been accomplished, and that rebuilding a site like this one is unprecedented. "The public has to understand, it's not just 'build some buildings,'" said Daniel Libeskind, the architect who created a master plan for the entire site. Others say the plans are unfocused and prioritize rebuilding office space with a tallest-in-the-world skyscraper over a memorial and more pressing community needs.
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WT7 has been rebuilt by Silverstein. It has 1.7 million square feet, almost all unoccupied.
If I recall other stories correctly, about 30 million square feet, or around twice the WTC 1-6 space, has been built in the last 4 years.
There have been mergers and acquisitions between some of the major financial firms, which mean that the need for large amounts of space in trophy office buildings is lessened.
Data centers have been moving out of Manhattan, and back offic operations have been going to India.
So there is no particular urgency to rebuild.
I could not have said it better myself. Very well said.
I don't know how true it is but one coworker has told me that the reason that building has not been demolished is because of that debris waiting to be dealt with suitably.
We honor the remains of our dead.
This morning I conclude that that hole in the ground is itself a memorial -- people come, they see, they remember, and, like me, something inside keeps expecting that hole in the skyline, no matter where it's viewed from, to be filled with proud, gleaming skyscrapers.
And when the time is right, it will be.
If you're around before they rebuild take the PATH train from WTC into Jersey City and back. You get a whole different view of WTC.