By Eli Attia
If allowed to stand, the decisions made to
date [June 20, 2002] around the rebuilding of Ground Zero will
doom it forever to what verges on a national disgrace.
The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation
and The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the rebuilding
authorities, have already failed the nation in its expectation
for a unique, uplifting and visionary project to rise from the
ashes of Ground Zero. What should become a new wonder of the world
a true statement of who we are is emerging as just
another speculative real estate development and a memorial at
We cannot let Ground Zero be designed by bureaucrats
while our enormous national design talent is ignored. Only the
participation of the greatest architectural minds, selected through
a national design competition, will allow us to rebuild the World
Trade Center in the best way possible.
We must act now to make the site a lasting
and fitting tribute to 9/11 and its victims instead of spending
billions of public dollars to a mundane project that will stand
at Ground Zero for generations to regret.
Please visit the website http://www.phoenixusa.org
and sign the petition that calls for a national design competition
for Ground Zero - the only possible way to guarantee that what
emerges from Ground Zero will be the best that America can create.