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After reading the plans this morning in the news, I'm completely
furstrated with this city's and nations response to the destruction
of the WTC. They new mayor is planning no replacement of the towers, cohorting
with the terrorists and the naysayers, and defeatest groups who
hate this city.
I can't put up with it any more.
I'm going to watch this development for only a few more weeks, and if
plans aren't made to restore the city's pride and skyline with new
and better towers, I'm going to leave town.
I have had it.
I sick of hearing how nobody will fill new towers and how it's not
feasable. I'm sick of small minded people with small minded selfish
agendas, and I won't be a cohort with terrrorists, who after stopping us
having our symbol of strength in the WTC, will just target the
Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty next time.
These people are as bad as the terrorsts themselves and people like
John C. Whitehead who said,
"I think there is a developing consensus — among everybody I've talked to — that it is not either practical or appropriate to build another 100-story building", need to be weeded OUT of government NOW.
I call on everyone to make a call today to news agencies and the Mayors office
with a clear message...
No Towers, then we are OUT OF HERE.
Let them stick that into their economic calculation. They can keep
Woody Allan and their entire ad campain and stick it where the sun don't shine.
anuary 4, 2002
Bloomberg Vision for Ground Zero: Memorial and More
By EDWARD WYATT
ayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the head of the commission charged with rebuilding Lower Manhattan said yesterday that the World Trade Center site was unlikely to be transformed mainly into a memorial to the victims of the terrorist attack — an idea former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani promoted just last week.
Instead, Mr. Bloomberg, in his third day as mayor, and John C. Whitehead, the chairman of the Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Corporation, said they both supported using the 16-acre site for office space, a memorial to the victims and other uses, perhaps including retail space.
At a news conference at City Hall yesterday, after a meeting between the mayor and 8 of the 11 members of the redevelopment corporation's board, Mr. Whitehead also cautioned that he did not envision the development of any giant office towers at the site.
"I think there is a developing consensus — among everybody I've talked to — that it is not either practical or appropriate to build another 100-story building," Mr. Whitehead said.
The announcements seemed to be another effort by the new mayor to set distinctions between his ideas for the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan and his predecessor's.
In his farewell address last week at St. Paul's Chapel, steps from the trade center site, Mayor Giuliani said that "we shouldn't think about this site out there, right beyond us, right here, as a site for economic development."
Rather, he said, a "soaring, monumental, beautiful" memorial should be pursued first. "And then if we do that part right, then the economic development will just happen," he added. Office space could be built "in a lot of different places," Mr. Giuliani said.
Mr. Whitehead has embraced the idea of giving first priority to the design of a memorial. But yesterday, he said that "the size of the plot is not nearly as important as what appears on the plot."
And when pressed to put emotions aside and consider whether the city needed some development there, given the size of the site and the value of real estate in Manhattan, Mr. Whitehead answered, "Yes, I think we do."
"It must be the appropriate size," he said. "We'll be trying to determine that after consultation with everyone, including the families of the victims, of course."
In addition, he said, some of the office space will have to be rebuilt, even though Wall Street and the economy in general are currently in a recession.
"We will need, before long, more office space," to replace some of the the 10 million square feet of space lost in the trade center attacks, Mr. Whitehead said.
Mr. Bloomberg, too, noted that Mr. Giuliani had floated the idea of using the trade center site primarily for a memorial. But he said the redevelopment corporation "was appointed to look at all of the different possibilities."
"That's certainly one of the possibilities," he said. But he added that the board also represented "a number of interested parties," including people who live in the neighborhoods around the site and who have stores, businesses or jobs there. Their interests, too, must be taken into account in consideration of the site's future, he said.
Mr. Whitehead offered few other details of the 80-minute meeting with the mayor, or of any decisions reached by the redevelopment corporation since its formation more than a month ago.
The group has yet to select an executive director to guide its daily operations. Mr. Whitehead said the redevelopment board would announce "in the next few days" the appointment of at least a half-dozen advisory panels.
Separate groups of advisers will represent the interests of the families of victims, downtown residents, commuters to the downtown business district, the big Wall Street firms, developers, retail shopkeepers, and arts and cultural organizations, he said.
Any priorities set by the board are also likely to reflect the desires of Gov. George E. Pataki, who appointed seven of its members. The other four were selected by Mr. Giuliani.
Mr. Bloomberg shrugged off the suggestion yesterday that his interests might not be represented on the board. Mr. Pataki and Mr. Giuliani "did run by me all of their appointees," he said, and he did not have any objections.
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