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Saturday, May 28, 2005

I think here, maybe somewhere else, I had a vision after The Planes went into The Buildings, I had a vision that they rebuild the twin towers just as they stood, except maybe a fw inces taller. And on opening day, no matter what the cost, I would fly to NYC, go to the New Towers, and...if security would let me..stand on the roof, elevate my middle finger in the general direction of, say, Tora Bora, and yell "YO! MOFO! IS THIS THE BEST YOU CAN DO......YOU TWIT?!?!"I would be so happy.But I guess I was foolish. NYC had something like an Skyscraper Idol and chose some Big Glass Monstrosity called the Freedom Tower. It ws not as much a building, than a replica of the People's Choice Awards. All Al-Q would do is throw a rock and that would be that.Then, proveidence intveined. The project had to be scrapped. Safety concerns. Back to the drawing board.The someone who knew something about big bulidings chimed in. Donald Trump.

Tycoon Trump offers to rebuild WTC towers New York - New York property tycoon Donald Trump on Wednesday unveiled his design for "bigger, stronger and better" twin towers to replace the World Trade Centre originals that were destroyed on September 11, 2001.Denouncing the existing plans for rebuilding Ground Zero as "the worst pile of crap architecture I've ever seen", Trump argued that erecting two new, even taller twin towers was the only valid response to the terrorists.The consummate self-promoter, known as "The Donald", showed off his proposal just weeks after the official master design was put on hold because of security concerns surrounding the centrepiece, Freedom Tower.Describing the Freedom Tower as an "empty skeleton", Trump said its construction would be a capitulation."If we rebuild the World Trade Centre in the form of a skeleton, the terrorists win. It's that bad," he told reporters gathered in the lobby of his 5th Avenue Trump Towers headquarters on Manhattan.The design put forward by Trump and his structural engineer, Kenneth Gardner, essentially offers a modified version of the original twin towers, erected in the early 1970s.The replacements would be at least 1 475 feet tall, more than 100 feet higher than their previous incarnations. The new North Tower would also boast a 383-foot communications mast."It's bigger, it's stronger and it's better than the previous World Trade Centre, and it sets the right tone and the right attitude," Trump said, adding that some members of the public who had seen the model had been moved to tears.Charles Wolf, whose wife was killed in the North Tower, was more circumspect in his appraisal of the model."It spooked me when I first saw it... the idea of the towers rising again," Wolf said."I'm not saying it's right or wrong, but it's an interesting idea," he added.The Trump towers - he promised not to attach his name to the buildings - would employ a tube-within-a-tube design with improved fireproofing and larger stairwells.Gardner said the structures would be able to withstand the kind of attacks that brought down the original towers on September 11, 2001, killing 2 479 people. - Sapa-AFP on the Web by IOL on 2005-05-18 18:56:53

Then, something from another of like mind:

May 12, 2005 9:20 a.m. ET

Rebuild them!

(Keith Olbermann)SECAUCUS - They were just a few feet tall and not even as solidly constructed as the old architectural models my father would sometimes bring home from the office for me when I was a kid - but they affected me in a way I never would have imagined.The towers of The World Trade Center.They were in our studios yesterday, plastic recreations of the originals, dragged in by groups who are taking advantage of the security concerns about the planned “Freedom Tower” to push the simple idea that the best way to memorialize the victims and restore the community is to re-build the towers exactly as they stood until three and a half years ago.They're absolutely right - with one minor caveat. One of the towers should be exactly 229 feet, four inches shorter than the other. I'll explain why in a bit.FREE VIDEO • Rebuilding WTCMay 13: The governor of New York plans on revising the design of the so-called "Freedom Tower" where the World Trade Center once stood. Is this the best way to memorialize the victims and restore the community?MSNBCBefore that, I have a confession to make. My first job in television was in the lobby of WTC #1 (as they used to call it; I never heard “North Tower” or “South Tower” until the day of the attacks). That's where CNN's New York bureau was located until 1984 - behind a two-story thick glass wall that, when we put the studio lights on, made us look like a very cheap high school science experiment.I hated the place. I mean, if you work in the city's tallest building and you're stuck in the lobby, you develop a mean streak about it. The place was comically understaffed (the first two years, we didn't have a receptionist - whoever was closest to the front door opened it, for staffers, visitors, and bag ladies alike). The commute - from almost anywhere else in the city - was wearying. The mall beneath the towers was a desert, and the neighborhood a wasteland (the dilapidated old West Side Highway still stood - kinda - out the doors to West Street, and the only amusements were those days when big hunks of it would crash to the roadway below). Worst of all, the air conditioning used to go out on an almost regular basis. You've never known heat until you've worked in a television studio without ventilation. Suits pressed while you wear them.As I hinted above, my father's an architect, so I had inherited the typical aesthetic condescension of his profession. What the heck was this Trade Center design supposed to be? The world's largest salute to Oblong, perhaps - with the faux-gothic grillwork on the outside tacked on in a fruitless attempt to class up the joint.I went in there to clean out my desk on the afternoon of Saturday, March 31, 1984. I would not return until September 11, 2001.Suddenly, of course, the sense of drudgery that only a disliked workplace can represent had been transformed into the terrible meaning we all now intuit. And that gaudy grillwork - the only remains standing - stuck out against the smoking pyre of the place with the starkness, and the sudden antiquity, of the Roman Colloseum. The feelings, I needn't tell you. 40 days as a street reporter in and around the scene of the catastrophe managed to reshape even my memories of the buildings I once dismissed as merely a great deal of weight sitting on top of the place I did my sportscasts.And as the searing pain of those first few weeks gradually gave way to sadness and thoughts of what, if anything, should be placed on this most hallowed ground, the only thing, the only thing that seemed to make sense, was the towers recreated, as originally designed, oblong boxiness and all - with that one minor caveat about the 229 feet and four inches. I wasn't among the voices insisting that only rebuilding it as it was would show we hadn't been “beaten” - merely that all other forms of construction there would offend the sensibility, and diminish, not enhance, the remembrance.I hadn't thought much of it lately. The process of healing is a regretful one in a way. We're designed to forget - not forget the whole, but merely the sharp edges. I hadn't forgotten the Trade Center, nor my three years in it. Nor had I forgotten the fact that some creatures had managed to use two planes that each contained a friend of mine (Ace Bailey, the former hockey player and executive, was on one, and Tom Pecorelli, who had been one of the studio cameramen for my shows at Fox Sports, was on the other), to kill so many innocents in the buildings, including two college classmates of mine (Mike Tanner and Eamon McEneaney, who happened also to have been the quarterback and the receiver for Cornell University in the first sporting event I ever actually got paid to cover).Those things hadn't passed, and they won't. Nor will the simple reality that it all happened - a reality that will still of a morning unexpectedly punch me in the stomach, or make me wonder for a moment if something so horrible could've actually occurred, or if I must have imagined it in a consummate moment in a dream from an endless night.But I'd forgotten about the rightness of putting the Trade Center back where it stood. Forgotten it, until I saw that model yesterday, and it all came back to me.The “Freedom Tower” design wasn't somebody trying to be disrespectful; it was just the unavoidable project of an architectural trend in which everything must look like somebody just built it with a kid's erector set. The Hearst/Conde Nast building is just getting finished not far from my home, and it's that same style: Attach Beam A to Side Support B, Tap Support B with a pen to make sure it sounds as tinny as it looks.But it was wrong.The best way - the only way - to further soothe the pain is, as the proponents including Donald Trump are suggesting, to rebuild it as it was. Which brings me to my caveat.I'd use the original blueprints and design the “new” Trade Center exactly as it had been. But I'd insist that one of the towers be exactly 229 feet, four inches shorter than the other. It's an uncomplicated gimmick to guarantee remembrance. Because, as long as these new towers would stand, someone unaware would ask, “why is one of them shorter than the other?” Whereupon an old-timer could explain, solemnly, that the difference between the heights of the towers is intentional - it's exactly 2,752 inches.One inch for each of the victims.It's all the memorial we really need.E-mail:

So on this memorial day weekend, I say no better Memorial would represent the 3000 who died on that day of hell than a new set of Twin Towers.If the do, I'll reserve the airplane tickets.polybi