Rebuilding Lower Manhattan Post 9/11: Metro Chapter Expresses Concerns About Proposed Memorial Designs

APA’s New York Metro Chapter played a prominent role in both civic and professional efforts in the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and is continuing to provide its planning experience and technical expertise to ongoing rebuilding initiatives in New York City and the region.



The Metro New York Chapter of the American Planning Association is concerned that the eight final designs for the Memorial Competition do not convey the required feeling of the singularity of the harrowing events of 9/11.They do not address either the unique effects of the event or the energy and vitality of New York, where human life was lost, the entire city wounded, and the world changed forever. We will leave comment on the details of the individual designs to others. We are concerned with larger issues integral to the Memorial Competition itself.

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