Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Freedom Tower???

Remember after 9/11 everyone wanted to rebuild the twin towers bigger and better? Did you ever wonder why nothing has happened? The new World Trade Center has dropped the Freedom Tower name. It will be referred to by its address, One World Trade Center. There have been many delays and trouble attracting tenants. Even the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey which is building the 1776 foot tall skyscraper says their own workers don't want to work where nearly 3000 people were killed.

Apparently the local tabloids have not been kind to the project. As a result it has become less of an "in your face, we will rebuild it" building to something no-one wants to occupy. Some say it is because they are afraid of another attack. George Pataki who was Governor of New York when the building was attacked told the New York Daily News that the Freedom Tower was "symbolic of our commitment to rise above the attacks of September 11". He also said that the addresses 1 and 2 World Trade Center should never be used again since that is what the twin towers were called. So what happened to this symbol?

They do apparently have one tenant who has (or will) rent several floors. But there is not much interest in the new building by many others. Too many arguments about height and design have slowed the building of the this tall landmark. People are wary or maybe they no longer care.After all, it has been nearly 8 years. When George Bush spoke after the attacks he told us to go about our normal daily lives. Go shopping is one thing he said. But what about rebuilding? Our resolve to show the world what America is has faded away to bickering and indecision which have resulted in no Freedom Tower. I guess New York has moved on, after all there are a lot of new buildings to sell and times are tough now. I just thought that this one might have been special.

5 comments:

cube said...

I heard that the renaming was driven in large part by the fact that it was the ChiComs buying into the building and they were against the word "freedom" in the title.

Jill said...

Good point - maybe so.

cube said...

The ChiComs hate the word freedom so much they actually force GOOGLE to censor references to it for chinese bloggers and GOOGLE goes along.

LVDIII said...

I still think it just should've been made into a park. A place for reflection.

Dr.John said...

I would have liked a monument but we seldom get what we like.