With that criticism in mind, I'm cautiously pleased with the redesigned Freedom Tower. Aesthetically, it wears a little better to my eye, but more importantly, some of the security flaws that proved so fatal on 9/11 are addressed at last. The building has been pushed back from the street substantially, and the utilities and elevators have been reinforced. There will be a 200-foot base, or pedestal, on top of which 69 floors of rentable office space will perch.
It also has the original design's extra-wide emergency stairs, a dedicated staircase just for firefighters, enhanced elevators and 'areas of refuge' on each floor. Stairs, communications, sprinklers and elevators will be encased in 3-foot-thick walls.The redesign has resulted in another year's delay; the estimated date for occupancy is now 2010. We've reached the 'put up or shut up' time now; let's push forward now and get this thing done. Further delay in the center of world capitalism will do us no credit, with our friends or enemies.