The Hiller Instinct: Ground Zero
But, just this summer, a spokesperson from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey which owns the site said "The schedule and cost estimates for the rebuilding...that have been communicated to the public are not realistic." So it will cost more and take longer, but the Port Authority still can't say how much or how long.
There have certainly been many proposals for the site, so many that redesigning Ground Zero has sometimes sounded like an episode of the apprentice where everyone is fired:
Real estate developer Donald Trump complained, "It is the worst pile of crap architecture i have ever seen and i don't think we have to live with it."
What went wrong won't surprise you: there were too many government agencies involved, and they didn't work together.
There were too many opinions, too little compromise and apparently, no one was in charge.
Once again, government over-promised and under-performed. To all the other emotions we feel today, add some shame.
To mark this day, Barack Obama and John McCain agreed not to run any political attack ads. What I'd like to know is why--if those ads are inappropriate today--they're fine every other day.
The truth is they're not...and we shouldn't need 9/11 to make it so obvious.
I'm Andy Hiller, and that's my instinct.
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