Freedom Tower or One World Trade Center?
Freedom Tower or One World Trade Center? That is the question many are asking themselves. The new building at the World Trade Center Complex is known to many as the “Freedom Tower,” after former NY State Governor George Pataki, named it so in 2003. However, since then, the name and identity of the tower has undergone some changes. In 2009, the Port Authority quietly changed the name of the tower to One World Trade Center. Their reason being- they wanted to distance and disassociate the new tower from the grim memory of the September 11th attacks.
One World Trade Center, as it is officially called, will be used primarily as an office building, but will also include retail and food places for the general public on the lower floors. In terms of leasing office space, so far 55% percent of the building has been leased out to Condé Nast, a Chinese Developer, and the federal government.
The Port Authority believed a change in name would attract for tenants to the tower. The name “Freedom Tower” had been assigned at a time when the city was still healing from its wounds of the attacks and therefore giving the tower an identity of resiliency and strength against oppressors. And as Douglas Durst, whose organization is a part of the rebuilding process, told the Wall Street Journal, "It's an office building and not a memorial and not a monument."
With this in mind, what are your thoughts on the One World Trade Center renaming? Which name do you identify with?
For more information on this issue, have a look at the Wall Street Journal’s coverage- http://goo.gl/ObVFND