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Political Skirmishes Delaying Ground Zero Construction

New York City's Ground Zero has sat as an empty hole for years. Though infrastructure work is underway, politics are holding the rebuilding back, according to this interview with New Yorker architecture critic Paul Goldberger.

The Port Authority reluctant to spend money on rebuilding Ground Zero, preferring to focus its funding on bridge and tunnel projects. The developers of the site don't have enough money to push the project forward on their own.

"The dispute has spread into the political realm, with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg asking more flexibility from the Port Authority and the editorial board of The New York Times advocating against such a move.

Goldberger says the dispute spilled over into the naming of his own book. He originally wanted to call it Architecture, Politics and the Rebuilding of New York, but his editors made him flip the order of the words 'politics' and 'architecture' because it's mostly a tale of politics.

'Sadly,' Goldberger said, 'nine years later, that's still the case.'"

Full Story: Politics, Not Buildings, Fill World Trade Center Void


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