As a New Yorker, I think that we MUST rebuild the twin towers of the world trade center. here are some opinions i found that collectively mirror my own thoughts:
Yes, the twin towers should be rebuilt; they were the twin hearts of New York. New Yorkers don't feel they are in New York without those hearts. There should be a memorial place on top floor of the skyscraper with all the names of those who died. The heroes who lost their lives should be on top of the world. America is proud of them.
How about write off some Third World debt in memorial to those who died? Rebuild the towers exactly as they were. Such a defiant and dignified gesture would say more about America than all its military power could ever do...
It seems a bigger insult to me to assume that people will forget, or fail to show the appropriate respect without the construction of a tacky, and frankly wasteful, memorial site. People will always remember 11 September. A plaque on the entrance of any new buildings constructed should be a reminder enough of that day.
London was rebuilt after the Blitz, in which 20,000 were killed. I don't see why the World Trade Center should be treated differently.
The terrorists would love it if we were to leave a big open wound there to cry about forever. The victims would probably have wanted us to put those buildings back exactly as they appeared before. Let the world know that murdering fanatics have no place in civilization. Why should we give them a park?
Land is just land, it holds no memory. Did we in London not rebuild on the WWII bomb-sites just because it may offend the memories of future generations? Of course we didn't
Ethically, I think it is a bit presumptuous for anyone but the property owner to decide on what to do with the site. Of course in this case the property is owned by the New York Port Authority but as far as I know, the 99 year lease to Silverstein Properties is still in effect, as well as their $9 million a month rent obligation. Maybe it would be more appropriate if those who do not want to see any rebuilding of the site to put there money where their mouth is, and buy out Silverstein on the lease.
An estimated 50 million people died in World War II, including hundreds on thousands during the London and Berlin bombing raids. It did not stop the world from rebuilding. What happened in New York was unthinkable and the world should never forget, however rebuilding the site is a far better reminder than building nothing at all.
The terrorists ripped the heart out of one of the world's great cities. To leave it like that is only to remember destruction and death, and to deny hope and re-growth. Besides, the people who died lived their lives for capitalism and commerce. What better memorial than a bigger, better World Trade Center?
To leave a giant hole in the New York skyline unfilled? This almost seems like a tribute to the terrorists that created it. It certainly isn't what I would expect of America, especially New Yorkers. The best possible tribute to the victims of 11 September would be a new center for world trade; bigger and better than before, and a symbol of defiance towards terrorism.
When terrorists plotted to destroy the World Trade Center, they were hoping to destroy the United States. Since their completion in 1973, the twin towers of the World Trade Center stood as a symbol of the strength of the United States and its ideals. Unlike many monuments around the world, the World Trade Center was not a static landmark. Nor was it a landmark built for government alone. The World Trade Center stood as a living monument to economic prowess of the people of the United States. But the buildings were not for Americans alone, the buildings were a place of international commerce where wealth flowed to and from the rest of the world instead of being monopolized by a single nation or a single people. These buildings stood as symbols of New York City, the State of New York, and the United States of America; they were immediately recognizable by people around the world. That is why these crazed madmen chose to destroy the World Trade Center, and that is why we should rebuilt it.
The cowardly men who destroyed the buildings of the World Trade Center had hoped to destroy the American way of life. As I watched the events of September 11th unfold, I had hoped that the towers would remain standing: not only to preserve the thousands of lives of those in and around the World Trade Center, but to show the terrorists that even their best laid plans cannot succeed. I hoped that after a few months of repair the World Trade Centers could be fully reopened; however, that was not the case. Even though the madmen succeeded in destroying the towers, they failed to destroy the American way of life. Rebuilding these towers will serve as a new symbol: they will symbolize that terrorism can only interrupt the United States, not destroy it. It will show that through any tragedy, the United State will prevail.
Some suggest that rebuilding the World Trade Center will create too large of a target for future terrorism. By that line of reasoning, we should abandon the United States Capitol, the White House, the Empire State Building, the Sears Tower, the John Hancock Center, Mount Rushmore, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the Golden Gate Bridge, and every other important structure in the United States. Perhaps we should abandon every place of importance and live in underground bunkers sheltered from the world. When the World Trade Center was attacked in 1993, no one suggested that they be abandoned then. Why should we abandon them now? Abandoning the World Trade Center would be to accept defeat; rebuilding the World Trade Center would demonstrate the resolve of the United States to stand strong in the face of senseless terror.
Some suggest that a memorial park should be constructed similar to the one in Oklahoma City. I agree that a memorial to those who where so heartlessly killed should be constructed; however, it should be a different sort of memorial. The Federal Courthouse in Oklahoma City was only a regional landmark; however, the World Trade Center stood as an international symbol of New York. The skyline of New York will be forever different, and I, for one, will be overcome with grief when I return to New York City and do not see the familiar twin towers. Though nothing will ever replace the lives of those who were lost, a new structure standing defiantly above the skyline of Manhattan would not only provide a fitting memorial for those who lost but would also provide a new symbol of the unity of the United States.
We should rebuild the World Trade Center; not to erase the memory of those who were lost but to memorialize them. We should rebuild the World Trade Center; not to ignore terrorism but to show that the United States will not cower in the face of attack. The new World Trade Center should stand as a defiant symbol of the resolve of the United States to overcome terrorism and demonstrate that our country will not be destroyed.