As James Lileks wrote last September 11th:
Right after the towers fell, people who’d never liked them as architecture wanted them back just as they were. Get back up in the sky! But it hasn’t happened. Even if they build the replacement towers, there’s still a space in the sky where no one will ever stand again. We could stand there once. That we couldn’t stand there eight years ago was their fault. That we cannot stand there today is ours.
Steven Crowder explains what happened in the interim, and compares and contrasts between the shiny neo-Miesian Tower #7, which was rebuilt in less than four years without outside government interference, and the void that remains ground where the original two towers stood. Crowder ends with an interview with National Review’s Deroy Murdock, who contrasts the nearly ten years that Manhattan has wasted quibbling over mindless quotidian details at the WTC site, and the length of time it took in 1930 to build the Empire State Building — 13 months: