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WTC Update: Memorial Center Comes Into Focus (Sort Of)

Just when you thought the WTC site plans couldn't get more convoluted comes the Advisory Committee on the Memorial Center. The group released its recommendations yesterday for the Memorial Center that will be situated below the main memorial at Ground Zero. Among the committee's ideas that could alter Michael Arad and Peter Walker's memorial plan is one that's above ground: they recommend that the site "provide a signpost and icon for the Memorial Center at or above street level through the use of a powerful, visible, artifact, such as a remnant from the buildings or complex."

But, David Dunlap notes, the biggest challenge for the site in the near term may be the proposed July 4 groundbreaking for the Freedom Tower: "How do you break ground when there really is no ground to break?"
· Advisory Committee Draft Recommendations Released [renewnyc.com]
· Stage Set to Rebuild Ground Zero [NYTimes]
· This is Not a Traditional Groundbreaking [NYTimes]