'Memorial Mania' In Lower Manhattan

As memorials proliferate in crowded Lower Manhattan, planners and architects sound a note of caution.
March 19, 2003, 8am PST | Abhijeet Chavan
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"In one camp are those who welcome the traffic and business that tourists would bring. They say memorials are an honored subset of the larger cultural enrichment of a neighborhood. Fears that accumulating memorials will turn the neighborhood into an institutionalized Washington Mall of the North are exaggerated, they add.But others are less welcoming, and it is not just neighborhood residents, who take a no-memorials-in-my-backyard stand. Planners and architects caution that emotionally freighted memorials can create urban spaces that residents do not want to use."

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Published on Wednesday, March 19, 2003 in The New York Times
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