Saturday, May 11, 2013

The New World Trade Center

At once a symbol of perseverance, resilience, grandeur, and perhaps something I'll call the American Spirit, to many of the 7-billion people in the world who are not Americans, this new version of World Trade Center Tower 1 (1 WTC) may seem more like a demonstration of arrogance.

Having been a guest on many occasions of the Marriott Hotel at the former 3 World Trade Center - including a six-month stint in the late 1998 and 1999 -  and understanding the way economics work (sure, it cost billions to make, but over time, the rent paid by the tenants will have reimbursed it, so the equation that some will do and come to the conclusion that ''that money could have saved starving people'' isn't factual), and considering they didn't go out of their way to make it the highest building in the world (it'll stand at #3 to start), I see it as a positive thing myself.

Gloating about it on the front page makes the tabloid New York Daily News look like pompous, self-important Imperialists, though. Of note for fellow Quebecers, the mast/pole on top was made in the Montréal area.

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