Right Question

Asking the right question is usually more productive than trying to prove the right answer.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Rebuild It, Don't Gild It?

James Panero at Arma Virumque makes a very persuasive argument for rebuilding the Twin Towers. (See also Deroy Murdock's piece in the National Review. Money quote: "Had savages destroyed the Empire State Building, the Capitol, or the White House, the restoration of those icons surely would be underway." It certainly would.)

In the end it boils down to the difference between marring the greatest skyline in the world with a permament monument to terrorism -- a daily reminder to every commuter that they should be afraid to go to work -- and an obstinate refusal to let thugs with box cutters permanently change the landscape of a city we love.

On the other hand, I don't live in the NY area anymore. The sight of the radically changed skyline post-9/11 is dramatically shocking when I go back to visit my family, but I might feel profoundly different if I'd seen it every day for the last three and a half years.

So why doesn't someone ask New Yorkers what they think?


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