Thursday, May 19, 2005

On Second Thought...There's Something to Trump's Idea

After we posted a little piece criticizing Trump’s idea to rebuild the World Trade Center exactly as before, I’ve been amazed at all the comments we’ve gotten in support of Trump’s idea. Truth be told, I too supported that exact notion for a long time after 9/11. But as those towers became symbols of that day, I thought it would be best to leave their images in the past. Let the dead rest. Rebuilding them won’t change what happened that day. And America’s strength is derived from things much greater than two buildings.

But after reading some excellent arguments in favor of Trump’s idea, I’m starting to think that maybe I’m wrong. Maybe we should rebuild. Maybe those buildings should not only be symbols of what was but also what will be. America the eternal. The unbreakable.

If nothing else, it’s clear that I was too quick to make light of Trump’s proposal. He has indeed brought up a very important topic. One that I will definitely have to think more about.


At 1:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

trump admitted, and looked stupid in the process, on larry king the other night that rebuilding the towers would bring financial ruin on the developer because of the difficulty in letting the office space to a still-jittery public.

At 2:05 PM, Anonymous Richard Teeple said...

When driving to New York City the Twin Towers were a welcomed and familar sight. They were NEW YORK CITY. Rebuilding the Towers would once again give that distinctive skyline. As far as being able to sell space and get people to work there, I say build them and they will come.

At 2:22 PM, Blogger Rob Jackson said...

I assume when you say that some of the respondants used good arguments, you were talking about the responses that didn't reference what terrorists would think: "We will defy the terrorists!!" or "Terrorist will sit back and say that they have failed". Instead, I hope you were referring to the responses that focused on what the towers would mean to New Yorkers and Americans alike.

I'm more in favor of focusing on office space rather than a memorial, though there's room for both.

At 3:04 PM, Anonymous Ian Hough said...

Trump is a little late on this. If he thought the Freedom Tower was such a bad idea, why didn't he speak up sooner. I can see both sides of this issue. Rebuilt towers would make a statement, but we shouldn't be afraid of change. I do however think whatever they build, it should be taller. A shorter building with less floors seems to send a message we are now too scared to work and live in tall buildings. As the Bible says "Be not afraid and know that I am God"

At 3:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone thought thro what the families of the dead would think ? As to what all those who survived the attack think of going back to a building that looks exactly the same, how New Yorkers who lost their loved ones feel when they look that building.

Build something newer, bigger and spectacular and also include a memorial for all those who lost their lives. That would be the best way to go.

At 3:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't live in NY for most of the year, but I completely agree with Trump on this.

This is both psychologically and sociologically important, not only for new yorkers but for all americans. That way the skyline could be restored to its former glory. The twin towers must not be reduced to a memory or footnote in some book.

At 4:23 PM, Blogger matthew papkov said...

I am 62 years old ,I lived in the Bronx now upstate NY. My parrents live two blocks from ground zero. I want to see the original towers and one story higher to show how strong we are. I have always felt like Trump but never heard another person say anything different.If other countries who have people captured in Iraq would have said kill a hostage and we will send ten more it would have stopped but no kill a hostage and they run like cats who heard a balloon break. Hit the towers and we build them the same and higher sends a strong message.

At 8:01 PM, Anonymous DesBrosses said...

Thanks for giving it more thought. Trump is no dummy, he wouldn't put his weight behind a proposal like this if he wasn't aware that there's a surprisingly broad and deep sentiment in NY'ers and other Americans to put the Towers back instead of replacing them with some aesthete's prize entry. It's the people's choice, so to speak.

Yeah they were kind of boxy and out of place when they first went up, but the financial district built up and around them and it made more sense in recent years.

Now if I was The Donald (do people these days even know why he's called that? LOL) I would have unveiled the proposal with one twist: The original Towers were silver. Rebuild them gold!

At 8:03 PM, Anonymous Louis Epstein said...

We have regularly run out of our "YES I'd Work on the 110th Floor!" stickers at our World Trade Center Restoration Movement petition drives and rallies.
Giant new Twin Towers with the latest technology will simply be the safest structures ever built,and more victims'-family members (and attack survivors) support them than you would think from those who complain to the press all the time.

At 12:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What better way to show both enemies and allies alike that no action regardless how large or small can defeat our dreams or comprimise our freedom? We know it is true but they obviously don't get it. This will send a strong message, an undeniable message to those who wish to see us fail and to those who they might try to recruit to help attempt to make it happen. I have felt all along that if for no other reason then the morale of the country and New York this is due but not being a resident there also felt I might not fully understand. I belive in this 100% and have a new found respect for Mr. Trump that will endure time!


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