If You Build Them, They Will Come.
Donald Trump is a loud mouthed, glory seeking blow-hard.
He is also, absolutely right.
Trump's alternative would be replicas of the original 110-story towers, only a bit taller. The design and model by architect Ken Gardner, embraced by Trump, offered buildings that would be 1,474 feet -- more than a hundred feet taller than the original towers, once the world's tallest buildings.
"What we need is support to build a bigger and better version of two buildings and more that were taken down by people that were animals," Trump said. "If something happened to the Statue of Liberty, you wouldn't rebuild it as something other than the Statue of Liberty."
On September 12, Kid Various said that the Towers have to be rebuilt, only stronger, taller and better.
Only in this fashion will we demonstrate that we will not be cowed by pre-modern savages who couldn't possibly design and build such a structure. The current design for the Freedom Tower is a capitulation because, as Trump notes, it's not a 1776 foot high building.
It is a 60 story building, with an exoskeleton built around it that raises the level of the "tower" to 1776 feet. Most of the structure is nothing but air.
It is a poor substitute for the Twin Towers. And Trump is right. If flight 93 had made it's target and crashed into the White House, would we have not rebuilt the White House? Would we not have rebuilt the Capitol, or the Statue of Liberty?
The Freedom Tower is a copout, designed by timid money changers and politicians who fear that they'd wouldn't be able to recoup the costs of the buildings because they'd be a target.
Of course they'd be a target!
Because when you step out of the cowering crowd and announce "I am not afraid of you," you make yourself a target.
Are we now going to spend the rest of our existence as a nation not building skyscrapers because they'd be targets for terrorists? Is the Freedom Tower, or anything else built at Ground Zero going to be anything less of a target? Are we going to pull down floors off the Empire State Building or the Sears Tower?
These small men fear that if they rebuild the Towers (or anything else suitably grand to give the savages the big FU) that no one will rent the office space. How short sighted they are.
First, this isn't a monetary issue. It's a matter of not running away with your tail between your legs.
Secondly, yes, it will be difficult to rent the space at first. Just as after September 11th, businesses fled from the Empire State Building because it was "a target."
But eventually, people came back to the Empire State. Because after the shock wore off people had to realize that they had to go on with their lives. They couldn't spend their time and energy worrying about what terrorists might do. They realized that we are not safe, not in the Empire State Building, not anywhere. And the proper repsonse to this was not to crawl back into our collective holes in fear, but to find the medieval forces that did this to us, root them out and destroy them.
And part of that process is demonstrating that we will not allow the premoderns to dictate our lifestyle.
Don't worry about your money. People will come back to the Towers.
If you build them, they will come!