NY Port Authority drops "Freedom Tower" name; jingos aghast
The New York Times' City Room blog March 27 notes the ruckus raised by NYC's tabloids upon hearing that the Port Authority has dropped the name "Freedom Tower" for the monstrosity going up at Ground Zero in favor of the more prosaic "World Trade Center 1" (NY Post front-page hed: FREE DUMB TOWER). Noted City Room:
Although the authority would not say so, it is easy to imagine that prospective tenants — already worried about moving into a building that will almost certainly occupy some terrorists' cross hairs — could not have been comforted by a name with such potent political symbolism.
Right. We said as much way back in 2006, when construction first began. Adding insult to injury as far as the America-first crowd is concerned, Crain's New York Business informs us March 26 that the prospective tenant who apparently objected to the hubristic moniker is a Chinese firm, Vantone Industrial Co. Ltd!
Dropping the "Freedom Tower" name is a good first step. But we stand by our original proposal: halt construction entirely, and build a memorial garden instead of a skyscraper. In any case, it is interesting that this development comes just as Obama has officially dropped the GWOT nomenclature—sure signs that we are, at long last, entering the post-post-9-11 era.