Ron Rosenbaum, Writer

April 19, 2008

Freedom Tower in the Trash!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ronrosenbaumwriter @ 11:23 am

Can’t resist following every clumsy step of the Freedom Tower Farce. Sad it’s likely to end in tragedy ever were built. But a more pathetic, inept crew could not be found.

The latest: Confidential schematics of the Titanic folly known as “Freedom Tower”, the nplanned 1776 foot tall (take that, Osama!) maximum security prison-like office buiding/terrorist Target One “memorial” for the Twin Towers at New York’s Ground Zero were found in a trash can by a homeless guy.

Most of the coverage (New York Post front page: “FREE-DUMB TOWER”) focussed on the the security threat–who knows what else was carelessly thrown out where? Who knows the intimate details of the innards of the grandiose mistake the Freedom Tower is. (Build a memorial to the the people not the building! Don’t make innocent workers hostages!) The thick booklets had everything a terrorist planning an attack could possibly want.

Perhaps the security concerns about the trashcan dump are justified. But that isn’t the only reason this grandiose, foolish, empty, dangerous terrorist magnet, worker hostage project should be junked.

I think the plans in the trash can were metaphor, a sign, a warning. Not just the plans, but the whole project belongs in the trash.

This farce is a disgrace to the memory of the victims.


  1. Hey Ron. I wanted to post this below the dylan article but couldn’t. I like your writing and i think you might enjoy this Dylan parody i made. It’s calld “No Direction Period”. It was shot 2 years ago so some of the jokes dont hit as hard bc of relevance but it still holds up. Let me know what you think. Thanks for the great articles.

    Brian Levin

    Comment by brian levin — April 19, 2008 @ 4:22 pm | Reply

  2. Mr. Rosenbaum, I agree with you about the folly of the “Freedom Tower”, but I have one bone to pick about the nature of your opposition (and that of others too, apparently): the idea that it shouldn’t be built because it would become a terror magnet, Target No. 1, etc. Does this attitude not simply entail capitulation to terrorists? Are we now to let the ostensible future destructive designs of terrorists dictate what kind of buildings we build?

    The main reason to oppose the Freedom Tower is that it is an aesthetic nightmare – it is ugly and banal (both in name and design). In addition it makes no economic sense. But please, let’s stop opposing it on the grounds that it may become a terrorist target. If that’s the criterion for what buildings are built in the West now, we’d never build anything again. Perhaps we should just start pitching Bedouin tents everywhere? Would that satisfy the terrorists, you think?

    Comment by Dennis — April 22, 2008 @ 1:37 pm | Reply

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