Gotham Gazette Articles
New Rules For Designing Ground Zero (10/13/02)
The design teams chosen to create new plans for the World
Trade Center site met for the first time near Ground Zero
last week. In a day-long orientation program, rebuilding
officials gave the architects and designers a new list of
requirements to be included in the plans. See
a slideshow explaining the new rules, with maps.
The Six Teams (09/30/02)
Many of the architects, artists and designers selected last week by the
Lower Manhattan Development Corporation to create new plans for downtown are
known for creating celebrated buildings around the world, such as the new
glass domed Reichstag parliament in Berlin and the stark white High Museum
building in Atlanta. See a slide show about the six chosen teams, with
photos of their past work.
Land Use Planning Since September 11 (09/09/02)
Land use columnist Laura Wolf-Powers writes about the recent issues that have affected
city planning in the last year, including the land swap offer for the World Trade Center site,
Larry Silverstein's lease at the site, the potential effect of the Olympics on future planning
and more about the future of the city.
Rebuild The Towers vs. All Memorial (08/05/02)
results from Gotham Gazette's Ground Zero Planner show that
over half the entries call for rebuilding the towers as they were, while
a fifth insist all 16 acres should be a memorial. Also: what the experts
make of these passionately-held, mutually exclusive views, and
whether a real consensus can be reached.
Rethinking The Six Plans (07/22/02)
After the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation released six different designs for rebuilding the
World Trade Center site, 5,000 citizens responded at a town hall meeting. This week find out why the public responded negatively
to the plans and what issues the officials in charge of rebuilding must resolve
to come up with a plan satisfactory for the people.
Transcript of Chat with Lou Tomson (07/22/02)
Read a transcript of Wednesday's live
online chat with Lou Tomson, president of the Lower Manhattan Development
Corporation. Find out what he said during our conversation as Tomson fielded
questions about the six plans for the World Trade Center site.
Nine Months Later, Top Rebuilding Players Look Ahead (06/17/02)
On June 11, many of the lead decision makers in the rebuilding process
talked about their plans for the World Trade Center site at the "Turning
9/11 Around" symposium downtown. Gotham Gazette
takes a look at their
ideas, including the Port Authority's designs for a viewing platform at
Ground Zero during construction, and presents an edited transcript of
the panel's answers to the audience's questions.
Consensus or Competing Visions? (06/10/02)
Three articles explore the ideas of consensus and competing visions for the rebuilding of the
World Trade Center site. In "Working In
Coalition," Mike Kuo sums up the recent reports by
five major volunteer rebuilding coalitions and finds their visions remarkably similar.
In "Competing Visions" Laura Wolf-Powers supplies her own analysis of the
recent coalition reports, emphasizing the ways that they differ.
And in "Rebuilding by Consensus?" Mark Berkey-Gerard looks at the emerging
differences of opinion among New Yorkers in general, and points out that many
feel the basic questions -- about who makes the decisions, what should be
built, and even what "rebuilding" means -- have yet to be answered.
The Firm Of "Blah, Blah and Blah?" (06/03/02)
Gotham Gazette's Rebuilding NYC presents a profile of Beyer
Blinder Belle, the urban planning and design firm
selected by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation.
The firm is best known for renovating Grand Central
Station during the 1990's. Will they be able to bring
creativity and vision to their efforts to create a plan
for the World Trade Center site?
The First Public Hearing (05/24/02)
"Given that this is the first public hearing, it is
disappointing...that so many decisions have already been
made," said Margaret Hughes, one of the dozens of
speakers at the
first public hearing about rebuilding downtown held
by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and the
Port Authority. Among those who testified were family
members of victims, residents of downtown
neighborhoods, architects, advocates, officials and the
civic-minded. Edited transcripts of testimony about
health concerns, the memorial, suggested designs, the
reasons why some feel betrayed.
John Whitehead On The Present And Future Of Downtown (04/08/02)
The Chair of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, John Whitehead, presents
an update on the status of the recovery of Lower Manhattan and
lays out his organization's plans for what will be done to
Imagining New York (03/25/02)
Wong writes about how a project called Imagine New York is
trying to get everyday New Yorkers to discuss their thoughts on
Six Months Later (03/11/02)
The city has made an amazing recovery in the six months since the terrorist
attacks. Ground Zero will soon be cleared of rubble. Subways, schools, and
businesses have reopened. And two temporary memorials will be unveiled this
week. But as New York moves to the next phase of rebuilding there are many
unanswered questions about what to build, who is in charge, and how it will be
funded. Gotham Gazette takes a look at the status of recovery and rebuilding,
how far we have come and where we are headed.
The "New" New York City Skyline (01/25/02)
It took seven years to construct the tallest buildings in New
York City. They were destroyed in a single day. Paul
Goldberger, architecture critic for the New Yorker magazine, describes how this sudden change to the skyline
has affected us all and suggests what should be built to heal
Working Towards Recovery (02/08/02)
Last week we featured the different coalitions working
towards rebuilding the city. This week, former City Council
candidate David Reiss and former assistant district attorney
Matthew Kleiner lay out a four-part plan for how these
different groups can work together for New York City's recovery
Getting Back On Track (01/07/02)
Jeffrey Zupan, senior fellow for transportation at Regional Plan
Association, says that transportation is key to any rebuilding effort,
and the many new (or renewed) proposals will make travel easier and
better than before the terrorist attack.
Eight Steps Toward Rebuilding Downtown (12/31/01)
Carl Weisbrod, the president of the Alliance for Downtown New York, answers
Dick Netzer's argument in Gotham Gazette that we should rebuild "Fast, Not
Fancy - And in Midtown, Not Downtown." Such a suggestion, Weisbrod writes, is
"an insult to the thousands of people who are working around the clock to
stabilize the area." Downtown must be rebuilt, he says, and he offers eight
ways to do it right.
Two Views on How to Rebuild (11/26/01)
1. Make it fast, not fancy, Dick
Netzer says, and in midtown, not downtown.
2. We must pause and reflect, says Nancy
Biberman, before trying to build anything on the hallowed ground.