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April 11, 2014

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April 9, 2014

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Jewish World Review June 21, 2005 / 14 Sivan, 5765

Towering troubles

By Michael Goodwin


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There are signs of progress at Ground Zero. Gov. Pataki's office is preparing incentives to attract jobs to lower Manhattan. Construction finally started on a visitors center and guided tours will be offered. A recording booth will collect stories about the terror attacks from survivors and family members.

The sudden buzz of activity, after a shameful period of drift and stalemate, is a start to redeeming our obligation to the sacred site and the downtown area.

Now comes the hard part.

The Freedom Tower should be put on hold. That is a huge challenge. But it must be faced for the site to take its proper place in American history.

The tower is planned as the major iconic element, a 1,776-foot combo of commercial spaces topped off with a soaring spire. Or, as one insider described it, an 80-story office building with a 60-story Eiffel Tower sitting on its head.

However you describe it, the building already feels like a relic — and the design isn't even final. It has been sent back to the drawing board to make it more secure, and Pataki has said the changes will be ready soon.

What's the rush? The longer the delay, the better. In time, the building will make even less sense than it does today. Then it can be scrapped, before it's built, for something New York will be proud of for 100 years.

This building will never achieve grand status because its roots are shallow. John Cahill, Pataki's downtown czar, told the Daily News Editorial Board the tower will symbolize "how we stand tall in the face of terror" and prove we are "not afraid to build large and think big."

Cahill was repeating things Pataki has said because they are the best arguments for the building. Unfortunately, they are not very good arguments.

They are bumper-sticker slogans, snappy sound bites meant to express civic toughness. New York certainly needed to be tough in the horrible aftermath of 9/11. But jingoistic reactions are not the right basis for deciding the future of Ground Zero.

If they were, Donald Trump would have the best idea: just rebuild the twin towers, only stronger and higher.

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Both ideas suffer from the size-matters complex. By that standard, the Statue of Liberty is a puny failure. The distance from the ground to the tip of her torch is a mere 305 feet — about one-sixth as high as the Freedom Tower. But there could never be a bigger symbol of America than Lady Liberty.

Height, in fact, is the Freedom Tower's problem. It will dwarf the memorial and, from the ground, be just another sky-blocking office building.

It is a crass compromise. The Port Authority wants to keep getting its $120 million-a-year lease payments from developer Larry Silverstein, and the tower includes about 20% of the 10 million square feet of space he must rebuild. It's a two-birds-with-one-stone thing: icon and rentable space.

But Silverstein doesn't want to pay for the spire or the added security measures. And with his 7 World Trade Center still looking for its first tenant, filling the Freedom Tower sounds like more of a hope than a plan.

Hope is a good attitude but a lousy strategy. Especially on the site where, on a bright, clear day, 2,749 people died.

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