Friday, October 22


In the ‘70s, the whole area was grey and filthy, so they took up building two giant towers.

People groaned and resisted, but then grew to love them. Then things became less filthy, and those two giant things became a symbol of what life in New York was.

But then they were both gone. And people were sad. Life stopped for a while.

Finally, things started to come alive again, and the city became gorgeous again, while we waited for what would be built. From my old apartment:

Now, they’ve already finished this.

And this is coming in 2008.

Replacing two giant buildings that became the single emblem of a city with one modern, angular “memorial” building is a mistake.

But people aren’t groaning or resisting. Because some have insisted that a “memorial” is the only way to go, and the rest are afraid to insult “the memories”.

But it’s more of an insult to their memories not to rebuild bigger, stronger, better versions of the old.

It’s not as if anyone could actually forget that it happened.

The building of the next giant is coming. It’s ugly. It’s not New York. And it makes me sad again.


Blogger Mr. Thunderbird said...

I agree - build them exactly the same, just bigger. I think that would be the strongest possible memorial.

October 24, 2004 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger Jillian said...

Yeah no kidding, it's horrendous...sheesh!

Boredom on a Stick

October 26, 2004 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger Eric Grumbles said...

Build three towers, the middle taller than the other two ;-).

Actually, we should have built symbols to celebrate the greatest city on earth, not this memorial. And what else celebrates its greatness except tall buildings dedicated to the serving the international business and financial community of New York City.

November 11, 2004 at 9:52 PM  

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