Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

What Should We Do with the Trade Center Site?

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

What Should We Do with the Trade Center Site?

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NEW YORK (AP) -- It's a painful question while thousands remain buried in the rubble, but one that's already being asked: What will take the place of the World Trade Center once the wreckage is cleared?

On a gut level, there are two extreme answers. The sprawling area in the heart of the city's financial district could be set aside as a testimonial to the victims, something akin to the nine rows of bronze-and-stone chairs that memorialize the 168 people killed in the Oklahoma City bombing. Or the twin towers could be rebuilt as closely to the 110-story originals as possible, an act of resolve and defiance toward the attackers who brought them down with hijacked jetliners last week.

Reality may dictate some middle course, combining memorials for the dead and a less imposing office complex. "You want a safe place that doesn't have `big target' written on it," said Robert Yaro, executive director of the New York-area development group, Regional Plan Association. …

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