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  1. Downtown is going to be reborn on tour bus...

    Downtown is going to be reborn on tour bus passengers spending their hour at the WTC memorial. They should knock down some of those unwanted commercial buildings, and high end condos and put in more...
  2. Funny, but in this case, the symbolism is most...

    Funny, but in this case, the symbolism is most painful!
  3. I agree you, Lofter, on the plaza. The plaza was...

    I agree you, Lofter, on the plaza. The plaza was intended to soften the bleakness of the original design. But the memorial itself is a couple acres' commemoration of absence, and the plaza is...
  4. They plan a large glass above ground visitors...

    They plan a large glass above ground visitors center which will contain a relic and be broadly visible. There are also hints of efforts to put additional artifacts in the plaza. The Plaza could...
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    Sticky: Poll: This is well after the argument, but the problem...

    This is well after the argument, but the problem with Ada's piece isn't that her specific arguments are wrong, but that the values behind what she chose to comment on are wrong. For one, she's simply...
  6. So the event was grim and foreboding, but that...

    So the event was grim and foreboding, but that was out of our control. Our response on a political level has turned grim and forboding because of our leadership, which was reelected by popular vote....
  7. With the meteor, as it has sometimes been called,...

    With the meteor, as it has sometimes been called, you have no choice but to accept it at what it is, and treat it with the appropriate respect. I believe they know what floors it came from, and...
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    Sticky: Poll: One of the greatest disappointments with the...

    One of the greatest disappointments with the master plan is the position of the Calatrava station between the two towers. Better spacing of buildings would have given the station more breathing...
  9. I visited the Tribute Center today. It is very...

    I visited the Tribute Center today. It is very well done. Simple, direct, effective. In fact, it does everything a visitors center should do. Funny thing, because it was developed as a place for...
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    Sticky: Poll: Street level is supported, but the conditions and...

    Street level is supported, but the conditions and compromises necessary are not made clear. As is often discussed, the concourse was sometimes steet level and sometimes not. The question is never...
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    Sticky: Poll: And saved substancial, and now, obviously...

    And saved substancial, and now, obviously important funds.

    The community is fairly united in he idea of maximizing retail, but there is some disagreement about how to configure the retail. It...
  12. After a war with no winners . . .

    After a war with no winners . . .
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    Sticky: Poll: Social Conscience or special Interest

    The problem isn't social needs being reflected in development. The problem is the special interest activists speak as if they were the voice of the public good. The public good is more complex than...
  14. Downtown Express on Memorial Costs

    Stop memorial costbleeding and don’t shortchange Downtown
    As we reported last week, $45 million of federal money the governor and mayor promised for Lower Manhattan “community enhancement” last year...
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    Sticky: Poll: Downtown Express on Memorial Costs

    Stop memorial costbleeding and don’t shortchange Downtown

    As we reported last week, $45 million of federal money the governor and mayor promised for Lower Manhattan “community enhancement” last...
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    Sticky: Poll: Downtown Express: Survivors Staircase 2

    Stairway for survivors or delay?
    By Ronda Kaysen
    The stairs that once connected the World Trade Center plaza to Vesey St. led hundreds of survivors to safety on 9/11 and have become a symbol of...
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    Sticky: Poll: Downtown Express: Survivors Staircase 1

    Preserving the stairway is a path to spiraling costs

    By David Stanke
    The latest World Trade Center artifact under consideration is the “Survivors’ Stairway” also known as the Vesey St....
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    Sticky: Poll: As long as it was a classy watch and a high end...

    As long as it was a classy watch and a high end pawn shop, perhaps it's OK.
  19. The problem is that the scale of the WTC leads...

    The problem is that the scale of the WTC leads people to want really big things done. There is a very nice cross (OK, it's religious, but it was done from the heart) at St Pauls made from the steel...
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    Sticky: Poll: Censorship is not the way to stop strip clubs and...

    Censorship is not the way to stop strip clubs and pawn shops. Better to do it with zoning and high rental rates. That will take care of the problem without consititutional challenges. ;)
  21. Lecom, I don't get a lot of things. This country...

    Lecom, I don't get a lot of things. This country still has high percentages who believe that Saddam was behind 9/11 and that he had weapons of mass destruction ready for action. Even on items that...
  22. This discussion of the memorial and graveyards...

    This discussion of the memorial and graveyards was very well stated and captured a core element of what is happening at the WTC. If there were some who didn't quite follow the ideas and logic you...
  23. Oh how I love the "don't get it" quote. That is...

    Oh how I love the "don't get it" quote. That is typically the words used by the few people who believe most of the site should be turned into their personal grieving space. They have ridden the...
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    Sticky: Poll: Ahhh, the WTC outdoor escalator! It was the only...

    Ahhh, the WTC outdoor escalator! It was the only escalater outside at the WTC, and it carried so many people. It was such an important part of the WTC to millions. I would so love to take a ride...
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    Sticky: Poll: I don't see any way that this statement is true. ...

    I don't see any way that this statement is true. It's not the last piece, since the box beam columns and retainer wall are in their original locations. Also part of the parking lot structures are...
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