Tuesday, April 25, 2006

WTC Circus

Freedom Tower © 2005 Skidmore, Owings & Merrill/dboxOnly minutes ago, the AP announced that Larry Silverstein, leaseholder of the World Trade Center site, finally accepted an agreement whereby he is ceding rights to build and operate the Freedom Tower and one other tower on the site of the Deutsche Bank building to the Port Authority, owner of the site, while still retaining rights to build three towers on the most commercially viable parcels of the site. When you have the mayor, governor, and NYC populace breathing down your neck, and don't quite have the audacity or clout of a Donald Trump, I guess making a deal doesn't sound like a bad idea. Maybe this means that we'll actually see some action down there in the next 10 years. Unfortunately, I don't think the wretched obelisk pictured here, a monument of fear and false, insecure, nationalistic pride, will be scrapped and redesigned like it should be. But we can always hope.

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