Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Freedom Tower To One World Trade Center
Even without the name, the symbolism of the Freedom Tower as an American response to the Sept. 11 terror attacks was hard to miss.
The original architect designed a twisting form he wanted to imitate the Statue of Liberty, with a spire that rose to the deliberate height of 1,776 feet to recognize the year of American independence. Politicians called the tower proof of the country's triumph over terrorism.
The tower — still under construction with a projected completion date of 2013 — no longer has the same architect, design or footprint on the 16-acre site. And this week, the owners of ground zero publicly parted ways with the Freedom Tower name, saying it would be more practical to market the tallest building in New York as the former north tower's name, One World Trade Center.
Critics called the name drop an unpatriotic shedding of symbolism by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Some newspaper editorials blasted the agency for years of missed deadlines and changing plans for the site.
"When you've broken your promises on everything else to do with redeveloping ground zero, it's no big deal to discard the name by which the public has come to know the iconic skyscraper at the heart of the plan," the New York Daily News wrote on Friday.
Is the name important to you, and if so, which name, Freedom Tower or One World Trade Center? Leave a comment.
I think that some rich dude or another rich company will buy the property and build. I do not think that the Port Authority will ever get past the circle jerk stage.
Does the subway still run under the building?
Some shenanigans may indeed be going on that haven't leaked to the public. There is a hint of intentional delays and delays which could lead one to conclude that the plan is to continue delaying rebuilding, I will give you that.
I have no idea if a subway runs under Ground Zero. I didn't even know one did. Does one? Did it? I learn a lot from you.
The station I always come to down there is right at Wall Street. I do know that there used to be a bunch of ferries that came in over there, too, right at the World Financial Center.
Shit, David, they had to reroute that subway though.
Argggggggggggggggh! I hate underground travel. Rode the BART in San Fran years ago. It stopped. The lights went out, and emergency lights went on. My Aunt says, "we're at the bottom of the bay."
Me: trying not to release my bowels.
A few minutes later the lights flicker on and the pod train starts moving again.
Man was not meant to travel via underground.
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