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By Ed Driscoll · May 24, 2006 12:38 AM · From Bauhaus To Our House · War And Anti-War

Over at City Journal, Nicole Gelinas writes, "Despite Pataki and Bloomberg, the private sector is fixing lower Manhattan":

Seven World Trade Center officially opens its doors May 23 after an efficient two years of design and construction. Seven is a stunning piece of work. Just as important, it’s the first tangible evidence that lower Manhattan will triumph over 9/11, both architecturally and economically. Who built Seven? Not Governor Pataki or Mayor Bloomberg, but private-sector developer Larry Silverstein, who completed the 52-story tower while the pols dithered over 16 still-scarred acres across the street.

Silverstein could build Seven so quickly—replacing the office building of the same name he owned before 9/11—because it’s adjacent to the World Trade Center site, not part of it. Thus, Silverstein’s lease with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the bistate entity that owns Ground Zero, doesn’t govern the site. Free from the government “direction” that has overseen Ground Zero redevelopment, Silverstein did what he does best: he built.

And as the photos that accompany the article illustrate, Silverstein and his architect managed to overcome several sticky design issues, not the least of which was integrating Seven around a new Con Ed substation, replacing the substation destroyed on 9/11.



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