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Posted by  Adrienne Sommers on December 20, 2002 at 02:45:19:

I can find your website as the only possible source that may be interested in an American view on the World Trade Center designs recently submitted. I do not ordinarily comment on news but after seeing this particular design, feel compelled to do so. After the bombing I visited New York for an unrelated reason. I originally planned to avoid the WTC location as I felt it might upset my 14 year old daughter. The last day of our visit we took a private tour and the driver asked if we wanted to visit the site. We agreed and were driven there. It was early on a Sunday morning the weekend of Thanksgiving and it was fairly deserted. We saw as we approached through the still-smoldering wreckage something I will never forget. Because of the destruction, there was a gaping hole with debris allowing light to pass where it had not for almost a century. Through this light was a remnant of the WTC tower that stood alone against the morning in the shape of a waffle. It looked like some type of concrete support that refused to fall in the wake of the bombing. We looked at it for some time. It seemed so stubborn a structure, but fragile all the same. Anyway, I saw the new designs by the 6 architectural firms this morning and feel compelled to comment that the Richard Meier design is the embodiment of my vision on that Sunday morning. The twin waffle designs remind me there were 2 buildings. The waffle pattern fits my memory precisely with its strong fibrous appearance allowing light to pass through it while still preserving that delicate simplicity of the WTC remnant I will remember always. I just think someone ought to know how one Floridian was affected by this design. It would be an honor to see this replace the bombing site. Thanks for your time.

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