Well said. I personally feel that the Memorialists still want all 16 acres, and that they will try and get them piece by piece, or at least I have this underlying feeling of them doing this. Anyway, as I've said, I do agree that scaling back the underground components would do a lot for the site. Also, the green space for the memorial quadrant should be treated like any other park for use as a public space. If people want to use WI-FI laptops while sitting down on their beach-towel on the memorial quadrant's grass, let them do it. If people want to play music or throw frisbees, that should also be permitted. If not, then the space becomes a pseudo-private area where nothing other than 9/11 can even be contemplated. We will end up with a huge site where nothing other than walking by or sitting on benches is permitted, and closed on certain days to the public. I don't think that many of the people who died that day would have wanted this to turn out like it has.
Just curious, what type of reaction, in general, have you receive from 9/11 Families? Has it been mostly "you should be ashamed of yourself! You care more about yourself and residents than you do about us!" Or has it been more moderated, meaning you have had some families tell you that they agree, and not uite as much disagreement. I've read a few letters of the editor on the Downtown Express archives in reaction to one of your columns relating to International Freedom Center, and I could see that there are certainly some families out there who disagree with your message. But agree or disagree, you are saying what needs to be said; what neither Pataki, nor Spitzer, or Bloomberg are willing to say, or any politician of either political party.