Monday, May 11, 2009

Plan Would Shrink World Trade Center

The New York Daily News is reporting today that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey wants to reduce the number of iconic office towers at the World Trade Center site from five to two.

According to the report, the project has been stalled because of a conflict between the Port Authority and developer Larry Silverstein.

Residents and people who work in lower Manhattan are becoming increasingly frustrated about the seemingly interminable delays in construction. For good reason, the re-construction of the World Trade Center site was slow out of the box. Not only were there vibrant discussions about how the buildings and the site would look, but the work started slow because workers kept finding human remains from the September 11, 2001 attacks. Remains that had to be respectfully recovered.

But the recovery effort is now fading in our collective rear-view mirrors and it's time to move forward. The quality of life in what should be one of the most vibrant neighborhoods, not only in New York but in the nation, is being negatively affected by all the delayed construction projects - including a massive transportation center that's supposed to link subways, trains and ferries.

All this delay is making former Mayor Rudy Giuliani's suggestion that Ground Zero be turned into a beautiful memorial park in commemoration of those who died in the attacks more and more appealing.

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