Skip to comments.This is Not the Freedom Tower: Money Trumps Patriotism in the Name Change to 1 WTC
Posted on 03/27/2009 6:58:55 AM PDT by Sergeant Tim
Freedom is out of fashion at Ground Zero.
Once hailed as a beacon of rebirth in the aftermath of Sept. 11, the Freedom Tower has been stripped of its patriotic name -- which has been swapped out for the more marketable "One World Trade Center," Port Authority officials conceded yesterday.
More than seven years after the terror attacks and amid an effort to market the tower to international tenants, sentiment gave way to practicality.
"As we market the building we will ensure that the building is presented in the best possible way," said PA Chairman Anthony Coscia.
"One World Trade Center is its address. It's the address that we're using. It's the one that's easiest for people to identify with, and, frankly, we've gotten a very interested and warm reception to it."
Debra Burlingame, whose brother Charles Burlingame was the pilot aboard American Airlines Flight 77 that was hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon, said the renaming of the tower is one more example that the nation is forgetting 9/11.
"If we can't say the word freedom out loud, God help us," she said.
"I understand the decision from a marketing point of view. But it saddens me that it's no longer economically viable to declare who we are."
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I think we should now start calling it the Tyranny Tower.
i don’t know - who is paying for it? If its private money they should name it so they can rent it and make a profit.
If its a government project without the intent to make a profit that’s different.
I like it. “Screw you, towelheads, we rebuilt the WTC.”
I don't understand it.
Freedom isn't marketable??? Are there too many potential customers out there saying, "Freedom? Oh no. None for me, thanks."
It shouldn’t matter what others are calling it - Americans should just call it the Freedom Tower anyways. That’s what I’ll do.
Why don’t they just go all the way and call it “One World Order Tower?”.
What bothers me is that the first WTC was built in five years. Here it is over seven years on and everyone's still got their finger stuck in.....
For example, if the building was named "Hugo Chavez Tower" and I could take my Leatherman on an airline flight, on balance I'd call that a plus.
“Their thumbs in their bums and their minds in neutral”...
...as my father used to (and occasionally still does) say.
When the “arts and croissants” crowd got involved, the project became a politically correct endorsement of the hate America mindset.
And don't get me started on the Muslim crescent in Pennsylvania.
I don’t see a problem with this.
Obama’s Volunteered Slavery Act considers 9-11 to be a holiday on which we promise to devote hard work to our country.
Goes hand-in-hand with the renaming.
Gotta wonder who is moving in. Name it “Freedom” and “some” object, apparently international customers.
Name it the street address, though, and it gets “a warm reception”, so apparently someone is moving in, someone “international”. Almost like someone said, rename it and I’ll sign the contract.
Any clues, FReepers, who it might be?
Gorbachev Foundation, Soros, CAIR, OPEC, Organizing For America?
I agree. I hate that I can't take a pocket knife on board like I used to. It was the only form of self defense available and they took that away.
That? That’s “Bush’s Fault 1.0”
Katrina is now “Bush’s Fault 2.0”
And Abu Ghraib is “Bush’s Fault 3.0”
The economic disaster that was moderated by Democrat oversight? “Bush’s Fault 4.0”
Name that stupid thing the surrender obelisk 1 I am sure there will be more while this Communist Coward junior Senator is around.
Sounds like they are going to get Chinese and Islamic money to pay for it. I don't know this...but would not be surprised.
We should call it the 911 Memorial Tower of Freedom, or the 911 Memorial Tower of Liberty.
But we have a crew in the White House and the House and Senate who are appeasers, and who want to fundamentally change our freedom and liberty and destroy the free market in the process.
What a crying shame...we simply must rise up as a people and route these bums, vipers, and marxists out on a rail...starting in 2010 and completing the job in 2012.
REMEMBER THE WORLD TRADE CENTER!
REMEMBER THE PENTAGON!
Hearing this makes me wish we had rebuilt the Twin Towers exactly as they were, several years ago.
If people were afraid to occupy the space, we could have just transferred the UN there.
Appartently, half the building will be leased by China and they did not want to be associated with the word Freedom.
Where is William Wallace when you need him.
And that's all I can say, without being sued.
I presume they need to court more international money because downtown investment banking firms won't be the ones occupying large portions of it any longer.
China wouldn’t rent floors of the freedom tower unless the word freedom was removed.
Heard it on fox this am.
I really don’t have a problem with this at all. In fact, while I can sympathize with the families of all the 9/11 victims, I’ve really come to resent their unreasonable intrusion into every minute aspect of the Ground Zero redevelopment.
I wonder how long before Obama, Ried and Pelosi outlaw Norman Rockwell paintings?
Notice it said “Freedom of Worship” and NOT “Freedom FROM Religion”.
There are those who seek to make atheism the defacto state religion. Like a kinder gentler Soviet Union, or Saudi Arabia. You can “keep it in private” as long as it is NEVER brought up publicly. Push us into the closet. At the same time the homosexual agenda is openly promoted to primary students.
The first two "freedoms" he presents are well-established liberties that are enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.
The last two are nothing more than utopian, collectivist nonsense that have no place in a free nation. One of the sobering realities of human existence is that we are forced to contend with "want" and "fear" on a regular basis. What separates us from animals is that we are capable of facing them, and dealing with them.
I like One World Trade Center.
Freedom Tower is a little corny, really.
Sounds like a bargain.
What do Chavez and Castro have to say about this?
“One World” trade center. Yep. Nothing insulting about that.
The word is that the Chicoms have rented a lot of space in the Freedom Tower.
Hillary probably made a deal to get rid of that ugly name “Freedom Tower”, after all human rights don’t mean much when you need the chicoms to buy your debt that will enslave people.
We don’t want to offend any Muslims with patriotic language or behavior.
They always needed to court government and international tenants because there simply isn't any need for all that office space in Lower Manhattan. And that was true even BEFORE last year's meltdown in the financial sector.
When they broke ground on Seven World Trade Center (the 52-story building at the north end of the site that also collapsed on 9/11) a few years ago, the only lease that was signed at the time involved the developer's own company.
Try not to insert quotes where they don’t belong. It’s the address. It’s it’s function.
My only real complaint is that there aren’t two, and I don’t like the big empty artistic scaffolding pretending to make it taller than it really is.
Now we know why Hillary was in China two weeks ago. Funny when you connect the dots, how everything starts to smell really funky.
Ah, yes. Capitalism at work. Sometimes Freepers are all for capitalism: sometimes we're not. Go figure.
Depends on how you go about seeing that we have achieved “Freedom from want”.
For example, we have coal and oil reserves that Democrats have prohibited us from touching. We can be self-reliant (not reliant on global trade that can cripple our economy, especially in wartime) but we have tied our hands.
Also to hear OBAMA tell it, we have it too good. We eat too much. We have air conditioning. We have indoor toilets. We have our own cars. The rest of the world does not have our same standard of living. Again, OBAMA wants to restrict our freedom.
It does not HAVE to be about getting turkey and dressing FROM the state so we can eat on Thanksgiving or Sunday.
And Freedom from Fear...
And our government is charged with the responsibility to defend our nation from enemies both foreign and domestic. Terrorists and traitors like Bill Ayers and Jane Fonda should have been prosecuted for their crimes. Our border should be defended against military incursions from Mexico. Our border should be defended against millions of illegal immigrants. Our nation should not be shutting down our weapons development and reducing our arsenal to “please” China and Russia. Our nation should not be reducing the standing military to establish a “new civilian domestic security” force.
This is an outrage. PC gone wild!
They are going to have a hard time renting out “Three World Trade Center” (Third World?)
Or will there only be one building in the complex now?
I long for the days when Americans acted like Americans, instead of political correct sexually confused wimps.
You noticed that too huh.