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Gridlock at Ground Zero?

Gridlock at Ground Zero?
Four years after 9/11, the sixteen acres once occupied by the World Trade Center is still a gaping hole. There has been some progress: one building, Seven World Trade Center, is near completion, and the transportation hub designed by celebrated architect Santiago Calatrava is under construction. But the politicians and power brokers who share control of the site -- Governor Pataki, Mayor Bloomberg, the Port Authority, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, and leaseholder Larry Silverstein -- still haven't reached a consensus on many key issues. And how will Mayor Bloomberg's recent indication that he plans to take a larger role -- especially by making four high-profile appointments to the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation's Board on November 16, 2005 -- effect the future of ground zero?

In this episode, we take a look at the current state of rebuilding in lower Manhattan. Is there gridlock at ground zero? NEW YORK VOICES's host Rafael Pi Roman takes us through the past four years of changing plans and shifting power. The program also features interviews with public radio's Kurt Andersen and business leader Kathryn Wylde, who discuss the politics surrounding the site and their hopes for how it will be developed.

Kurt Andersen is host of public radio's Studio 360, and has closely followed on the rebuilding politics of Ground Zero. Read his article from NEW YORK MAGAZINE, "Ground Zero to Sixty."

Kathryn Wylde is the President and CEO of Partnership for New York City, a business advocacy group committed to the corporate development in the five boroughs of New York City.

Original Air Date: November 18, 2005

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