Despite all the publicity about the overdue temporary Tribute Center memorial, the Postís Steve Cuozzo takes LMDC to task for not producing a more signficant memorial other than the drugstore size Center.
Start with the Tribute Center, the size of a smaller Duane Reade. Why couldnít the LMDC, with its vast resources, have come up with the idea sooner? The center wonít even open until next spring, more than four years after the attack.
Cuozzo takes perhaps a cheap shot at teh Story Board concept.
As for the StoryCorps sound booth for audio histories, letís hope itís what itís claimed to be ó a place for those who lost loved ones to record their stories ó and not an invitation to somehow blame America. Why worry about that? The booth is the brainchild of oral historian and radio documentarian David Isay, a star of National Public Radio. Thereís no questioning Isayís patriotism or passion for the stories of ďordinary Americans.Ē But heís fascinated by those grotesque corners of American life cited by the radical left to argue that the nation is irredeemably corrupt. Isayís projects have included such fun topics as Georgia electrocutions; musings of death-row inmates; and a ďtestamentĒ to Bowery flophouse dwellers. Iím glad such a macabre vision of America has room for 9/11ís innocent victims.
The Storyboard on its face seems to be a good idea. However, Ground Zero has attracted its share of nuts who have claimed all sorts of things and I understand concern about hijacking its mission.
More importantly, we donít understand with all the battles looming at Ground Zero, why do they insist on leaving it an open wound. It would be relatively cheap to cover the wound with a temporary park. The debates now shaping up could delay every aspect by decades perhaps..