- Jun 2, 2005
I'm currently working on a series of modern wonders for my futuristic/modern scenario. First up is the Freedom Tower/Sept 11 Memorial. I should be putting out some more in the next few days.
Includes all the required files, including a Splash and Widescreen Splash.
^The [National September 11 Memorial & Museum] makes two unhappy citizens $LINK<content=GCON_Moods> in all of your cities, and an additional two unhappy citizens content in the city its in.
^It also reduces $LINK<War Weariness=GCON_War_Weariness> for its city, and causes its city to produce one extra $LINK<Commerce=GCON_Commerce> in every square that already produces at least one.
^The World Trade Center (WTC) was a complex in Lower Manhattan in New York City whose seven buildings were destroyed in 2001 in the September 11 terrorist attacks. Al-Qaeda-affiliated hijackers flew two 767 jets into the complex, one into each tower, in a coordinated suicide attack. After burning for 56 minutes, the South Tower (2) collapsed, followed a half-hour later by the North Tower (1), with the attacks on the World Trade Center resulting in 2,750 deaths. 7 World Trade Center collapsed later in the day and the other buildings, although they did not collapse, had to be demolished because they were damaged beyond repair. The process of cleanup and recovery continued 24 hours a day over a period of eight months.
^With the main World Trade Center site, numerous stakeholders were involved including majority-owner Larry Silverstein and the Port Authority which in turn meant that the Governor of New York State, George Pataki, had some authority. As well, the victims' families, people in the surrounding neighborhoods, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others wanted input. Governor Pataki established the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) in November 2001 as an official commission to oversee the rebuilding process. The LMDC held a competition to solicit possible designs for the site. The Memory Foundations design by Daniel Libeskind was chosen as the master plan for the World Trade Center site. The plan included the 541 m Freedom Tower as well as a memorial and a number of other office towers. Out of the World Trade Center Site Memorial Competition, a design by Michael Arad and Peter Walker entitled Reflecting Absence was selected in January 2004. On March 13, 2006, workers arrived at the World Trade Center site to remove remaining debris and start surveying work. This marked the official start of construction of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
^Freedom Tower is the main building of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. It was chosen instead of rebuilding the twin towers with the Twin Towers II proposal which sparked much controversy. The tower is located in the northwest corner of the 65,000 m² World Trade Center site. Four other high-rise office buildings are on the site (World Trade Centers 2-5) along Greenwich Street, and they surround the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. The Memorial itself is a large park area situated around the 'foot-prints' of where the Twin Towers formerly stood. The prints have been converted into two square pools, each surrounded by Memorial Walls with the names of those who died that day. The Museum is an underground complex, which houses an exhibit that describes the history of the site, from the original construction of the original World Trade Center complex, its destruction, the subsequent aftermath of that event and the building of the Memorial & Museum.