Joined: Mar 17, 2005
Location: Staten Island
|Posted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 11:25 am Post subject: WTC..HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE PORT AUTHORITY
From Sun Nov 16, 2008 3:00 am to Thu Nov 20, 2008 2:59 am (included)
|I guess the Port Authority and the LMDC are getting into the holiday spirit a little bit early because they are now going to gift wrap the World Trade Center site.
In a blatant publicity stunt they are going to replace the existing constructions boards with new ones detailing what is planned for the site.
Knowing that the out of town holiday crowds will be visiting the site they want to make sure they go home and tell their friends what great things are happening at the site.
God knows how much money is being spent on this new campaign but we all know that money is never concern with the LMDC or the Port Authority.
The LMDC alone continues to pay itís over 50 staff members over $4 million a year.
And now after 7 years the Port Authorityís Executive Director Christopher Ward sees the need to create a sense of place for the neighborhood as more than just a construction site.
The Port Authority is also promoting its greening of the site.
Thatís great we will have a site exempt from NYC Building and Fire codes bit at least it will be green.
So once again more smoke and mirrors.
Whatever happened to the Realistic and Rational schedule that we were promised?
It has been almost 2 months since the new plan was released and I have not seen or heard even one update.
Instead of giving us formal updates the Port Authority gives us www.wtcprogress where they answer questions that they want to answer.
And once again no one holds them accountable and now they will probably lose in arbitration and have to continue to pay Silverstein $300,000 a day in late fees.
But we are now making the site pretty for the holidays.
Donít they realize that no matter how much wrapping paper you put on an empty box, itís still an empty box.
But why should we expect anything different.
Why should they rush as they donít even have any tenants to occupy the buildings?
So excuse me for being a Scrooge but to paraphrase a Christmas song....
ďOn the 7th year of rebuilding the PA gave to meÖÖ.NothingĒ