Rethinking Rebuilding Again
October 23rd, 2005

In an effort to take a more prominent role in the future World Trade Center site, Mayor Michael Bloomberg told the Daily News editorial board that he would like to kick developer Larry Silverstein, who holds a 99-year lease on the site, out of the rebuilding process. “It would be in the city’s interest to get Silverstein out, [but] nobody can figure out how to do it yet,” Bloomberg said. The mayor also expressed his concern over the power of victims’ family groups, who lead the fight against the International Freedom Center.

In response, a Daily News editorial, entitled “How to Build at Ground Zero,” calls the plan to build huge office towers “fundamentally flawed” and warns that “New York faces the terrible prospect of having a ghost town around Ground Zero for decades.”

“Pataki, Bloomberg and the Port Authority must focus on breaking Silverstein’s hold on Ground Zero,” the News writes. “He must be made to see that his interests and New York’s interests rest in opening most of Ground Zero’s five parcels to residential, retail and hotel development. The area would then boom.”

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