Banner Year for Lost Opportunities
By HERBERT MUSCHAMP
Published: December 28, 2003
he biggest disappointment of the year has been the failure of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation to protect the ground zero planning process from political interference. I refer not only to the fast-track timetable decreed by Gov. George E. Pataki, which has imposed the civic equivalent of cloture on public discussion, but to the symbolic subtext of Daniel Libeskind's design concept, which is political in assuming that answers have been found to questions that have not yet been asked.
The second biggest disappointment has been Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's decision to sit on the sidelines while the integrity of the process has been jeopardized. For two years, the planning process has veered back and forth between the possibility of an idea and unenlightened self-interest in its most brutal form. Why hasn't the mayor brought some reason to bear on this?