Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The World Trade Center Site Debacle

1st\NW Quadrant: The Approval Matrix

By DEROY MURDOCK, Scripps Howard News Service

In olden days, Americans needed just 13 and a half months to erect the Empire State Building, four and a half years to build Hoover Dam, and six years, four months to install the Transcontinental Railroad. And yet this Independence Day, six years, nine months, and three weeks have elapsed since September 11, and Ground Zero remains an 80-foot-deep international embarrassment for the United States.

The wholesale lethargy at Ground Zero became painfully clear in Tuesday's report on the 16-acre site ...

Overall construction costs and schedules cannot be determined due to 15 pending "essential decisions."

Signature elements such as the Freedom Tower and September 11 memorial will be incomplete 10 years after the 9-11 attacks. Reported cost overruns are at least $1.23 billion, and rising rapidly.

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