posted on May, 1 2005 @ 05:51 AM
I agree that the spectacle caused by the tourists is sickening. The fact that the remains of the dead were carted away in dump trucks is even more
upsetting. I sided with the firemen in their confrontation with the police, and I maintain that it was wrong to stop the recovery efforts when they
did. I don't want to get into the ramifications of that, this is neither the time nor the place for a rant.
I too lost a good friend, a police officer, in the collapse. I almost lost my mother, she came home crying hysterically and covered with dust, she
worked in the Amex building next door to Wall St. I have as much a right as any New Yorker to cast my vote, and I did so, I made my feelings known to
the development board, and the mayors office. But I don't own New York, so I have to be content with simply having an opinion. It should be
mentioned though, many, if not most, of the people I talked to thought a memorial garden was more fitting than a new office tower. I guess you and I
talked to different people.
Anyway, my feelings are what they are. I make no apologies for them, nor do I hate people for their opinions on what to do with the land. The only
people I detest in this equation are the contractors who are scrambling over the memory of the dead to get their piece of the action.
The tourists are disrespectful, I completely agree, but you have to remember, they saw the events on television. They have no real sense of the
impact. It was like a movie for them, so they act as though they're visiting the set. I can't hate them for it, but their behavior makes me sick
to my stomach, literally queasy.
I couldn't stand the way they laughed and smiled while taking pictures. It just seemed so alien to me. People were doing the same thing the very
afternoon after the tragedy. It was so surreal..words can't describe the sinking feeling. The bums hawking souvenirs, the bums stealing cameras,
the vacant expressions of the tourists..it's just business as usual in New York. Nothing changed. Some people think that's a good thing. I
I've heard the prime real-estate argument many times. It has never managed to sway my opinion, because , many cemeteries are prime real estate, but
that doesn't mean they can be developed and built up. Most major cities sacrifice a good portion of their land so that the dead can have a resting
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