Message - Re: WTC shortlist

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Posted by  Paul Malo on October 02, 2002 at 06:55:30:

In Reply to:  Re: WTC shortlist posted by Andrzej Gliwinski on October 02, 2002 at 01:08:00:

I don't think that patriotism (even under these circumstances) or nationalism is much involved in the New York mentality. New York is . . . well, I was going to say a "world city," but instead will say that New York is New York. Some people don't even think it's part of the US. :-)

New York is brash, hard-boiled, unsentimental. It prides itself on this macho character. Tears don't fit that image. A bit of flag waving, maybe--for a good parade down Fifth Avenue. But give that an hour, that's all New Yorkers can take from the business of making money--which is the real soul of New York.

In truth and fairness, however, all New Yorkers were shaken by 9/11--shaken out of their familiar and habitual pernsonnae. But New York is not a city of memories, but one that looks ahead for opportunity.

I don't think there would be much objection to having an international architect for the WTC development. If the architect is "first class", New York will go for it. New York is very status conscious. Piano is doing the best new building in the City right now, for that ultimate New York Establishment institution, the New York Times.

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