In the months after the devastating attacks of 9/11, plans for an iconic replacement building gained steam. Thirteen long years later, One World Trade Center opened, and many are not very happy with it.
Leading architecture critic Paul Goldberger said in a HuffPost Live interview that the building — which is already overrun with with rats, apparently — was doomed when then-Gov. George Pataki ordered the the new structure to be quickly built. Obviously, not much surrounding the building's construction could be defined as "quick."
"It was a huge mistake," Goldberger told host Josh Zepps. "We ended up not with what Pataki wanted, which was something quick and efficient. We ended up with a process that has stretched over more than 13 years and is still not finished and has yielded a very awkward mix of not terribly good office buildings and a memorial."
The media has not been kind to One World Trade Center, either, with the New York Times calling it a "cautionary tale" earlier this month.
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