Message - Re: Plenty of Time.

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Posted by  Paul Malo on October 05, 2002 at 16:23:06:

In Reply to:  Re: Plenty of Time. posted by Richard Haut on October 05, 2002 at 16:06:38:

Given plenty of time, what many fear (with good reason) is that decisions will be made incrementally, without any real plan. Then, once beyond the point of no return, the project will be declared fait accompli.

What the authorities really may prefer (as suggested by the original proposals) is the opportunity to develop the big parcel peacemeal, giving different developers chunks to do with pretty much as they please. This would serve the market better, since there is no great shortage of rental space downtown. Many large firms that rented WTC space moved out to the less vulnerable suburbs following the attack. Even if still in town, they have relocated are are settled in new quarters..

The longer the authorities stall, the more that time is on the side of the pragmatists. I suspect the current desgin charette is merely temporizing, to placate critics and to wear down the opposition. If the authorities wanted a real solution, they should have had a more believable competition. 40 K for a master plan for such a colossal project?

It doesn't suggest that they expect much more than some more eye wash to feed the media. But I'm a cynic. Possibly something useful will result, but usefulness is to be determined by the authorities. If they want to kill all of the proposals, all they have to do is stage another popular poll. None of the submissions will please everyone, it seems fair to surmise, and lack of public consensus throws the ball back to the authorities.

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