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World Trade Center: to rebuild or remember.

One week after the world's worst terrorist attack, there is talk of rebuilding the World Trade Center.

To some, it is premature and insensitive to even fathom this. What was a landmark office building is now a crypt, and to many it will always be just that--"ground zero," rather than a lucrative and symbolic site on which to rebuild. But the political consensus is that something must be built to fill this void. Others feel that the tragedy must be remembered via a memorial park rather than another defiant skyscraper that could attract yet another terrorist attack.

"Both towers have to be brought back. They were icons of America," said Henry Guthard, the partner of the architect who designed the building, in a New York Post article.

Senator Chuck Schumer has also come out in favor or rebuilding, saying that I think those who were lost would not want to see that space lay vacant.

"We must build something grand there," said Schumer, in an appearance on the CBS "Face The Nation" show.

Something--but what, exactly?

"I believe that we can build something better here. Let's not duplicate," said Donald Trump, the owner of several tall buildings. "There's a fine line between size and majesty."

Trump said that building something new would be less of a problem than luring future tenants to occupy it. But he predicted that within the next three months, New York City will recover from the gloom that has hovered above it for the past week.

"Zoning wouldn't be a problem here," said Trump, who called last week's events "one of the greatest tragedies in history."

This is clearly some of this city's most valuable real estate. That being said, however, nobody can forget what happened here on Sept. 11, 2001.

"A city's greatness is not measured by square footage or pricey views. We need a different kind of symbolism now," wrote Ada Louise Huxtable in the Sept. 17 edition of the Wall Street Journal.
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Publication:Real Estate Weekly
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Geographic Code:1U2NY
Date:Sep 26, 2001
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