Many Families of WTC Victims Do Not Support Memorial Designs

A coalition of families of WTC victims grade all eight finalist designs for the WTC Memorial with an "F".
November 23, 2003, 1pm PST | Connie Chung
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One of the competition guidelines set by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, which is to include "footprints" of the towers, angered many family members, "who have asked that the buildings’ structural remnants—namely, the box-beam columns that remained after the towers collapsed—be preserved, not simply visible, at 70 feet below sidewalk level....no design succeeded in offering maximum access to both tower sites at the bedrock level." Although many are hopeful that the winning design can be modified to fit their needs, the "soon-to-reopen underground PATH train station is already infringing upon the South Tower footprint, and construction would encroach on the footprints at bedrock level. The LMDC has indicated that the preservation of the structural footprints at that level is unlikely."

Thanks to Connie Chung

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Published on Wednesday, November 19, 2003 in Newsweek
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