Freedom Tower: Bad For Birds

Ornithologists are shocked by the design of New York's Freedom Tower, which will stand directly in the migratory path of birds.

January 3, 2005, 5:00 AM PST

By Chris Steins @urbaninsight

"The developers of the building that will replace the World Trade Centre have hired a specialist consultant following complaints that it will be a "death trap" for birds.

...The Twin Towers were regarded as particularly lethal because of their height and location close to the Hudson River, which migrating birds follow."

Thanks to Chris Steins

Thursday, December 30, 2004 in The Daily Telegraph

Indian Trail, North Carolina

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Conceptual rendering of proposed Dallas bullet train station

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A view of the Pacific Ocean and California coastline from high in the Santa Monica Mountains.

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