Hudson cheers WTC memorial design winner
Friday, February 20, 2004
By Julia M. Scott
Journal staff writer
A majority of Hudson County residents are familiar with the winning design for the World Trade Center Memorial and approve of it, according to a poll taken by New Jersey City University for The Jersey Journal.
The memorial, a tribute to those who died at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, is to feature two reflecting pools surrounded by glass walls that will have the names of victims etched into them.
Nearly 73 percent of those polled said they were familiar with the design, and another 52.4 percent said they liked the winning design. Just 18.5 percent said they did not like the selected design.
But because almost 30 percent of those questioned were still undecided, the memorial approval rate will probably rise, said the polls' supervisors, Bruce Chadwick of the English department and Fran Moran of the political science Department, in an analysis of the results.
"The reason so many people knew of the memorial and had an opinion, of course, was that Hudson County was very involved in the rescue attempts that terrible day, and because tragically, so many who died there lived in the county," Chadwick and Moran.
The poll queried 200 Hudson County residents.
A surprising 41 percent of those polled said they knew someone who died in the attacks.
Of those who knew someone who died on Sept. 11, 2001 - likely to be the group most critical of the memorial design - 46 percent said they liked the design, according to Chadwick and Moran. Of this group, 19 percent said they did not approve of it and the rest were still making up their minds.
"Their approval of the design should be heartwarming to the memorial's architects, Michael Arad and Peter Walker, and, of course, to history," Chadwick and Moran said.