WTC tower name change unpatriotic say critics
The World Trade Center tower name change is causing some critics to call it unpatriotic.
The original Freedom Tower design, a response to the September 11 attacks on the WTC was a twisting design imitating the Statue of Liberty that rose to a height of 1,776 feet to mark the American year of independence. It had a completion date of 2013.
However this week, the owners of the ground zero site broke ties with the project, the Freedom Tower name and said that it would be better to mark the 9/11 attacks with the name 'One World Trade Center'.
Critics called the name drop an unpatriotic shedding of symbolism by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Newspaper editorials blasted the agency for years of missed deadlines and changing plans for the site.
"When you've broken your promises on everything else to do with redeveloping ground zero, it's no big deal to discard the name by which the public has come to know the iconic skyscraper at the heart of the plan," the New York Daily News wrote on Friday.
However, others have said that such a tall building would only attract more attacks.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said that he perfers the name 'Freedom Tower', but suggests the true name could be left to a public decision.
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