Last Updated: 7/3/16 at 3:22 PM
In July of 2002, the New York Post announced the results of a scientific citywide poll that culminated with the 7/14/02 cover announcing Half of New York wants the Twin Towers REBUILT. Less than a year after the attacks, with the city still reeling, that was a very significant number — especially given that the other half of the sampling was splintered into a number of much smaller segments of the population.
Coming the same week as the official “Listening to the City” extravaganza at the Javits Center, it would be good to know how the other city papers covered the poll’s findings. As far as we can tell, none of them did. A few years later, in “Up From Zero”, architecture critic Paul Goldberger’s Pulitzer prize-winning account of the rebuilding saga, he repeatedly and deceptively referred to the pro-rebuilders’ faction at the Javits function as “a small but vocal cadre.”
He must have missed the video clip where WTC leaseholder Larry Silverstein remembered receiving “thousands of pieces of mail and then email and phone calls — and the overwhelming thought was you’ve got to recreate what was there…” There was nothing ambiguous about that.
Just as the ever-expedient, never sensitive, former mayor of New York saw fit to dump the minute remains of 9/11 victims on top of a fetid landfill, so has the new World Trade Center been built on garbage politics and stinking abuses of power. But topsoil and flowers can never turn a dump into a cemetery – or a disgrace into a tribute.
Mr. Bloomberg is notorious for insisting that “you can’t please everyone.” But we have a system to deal with differences of opinion. It’s called DEMOCRACY. Everyone gets a say and the losers can then take comfort in knowing it was a clean fight. There was nothing clean about the way officials forced their counterfeit WTC and disfigured skyline on the people who have paid for it in every sense of the word.
The video above is about much more than the Twin Towers. It looks at the number one reason why, in our opinion, there is still A Hole in the World Tonight — the abuse of power, which will go on for as long as we permit.
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