May 20, 2005

Get It Done

I hadn't heard about this one until the husband clued me in last night.

Billionaire developer Donald Trump has officially thrown his support behind a plan to rebuild the Twin Towers at Ground Zero in practically the same form they were in prior to the September 11 attacks with a few safety modifications.

Trump implored Governor George Pataki to discard the plans for the 'Freedom Tower' presently on the table, describing the design as 'the worst pile of crap architecture I've ever seen in my life,' according to a report published in 'Newsday.'

Wednesday, Trump held a news conference at Trump Towers on Fifth Avenue to announce his support for a 'taller, stronger, more beautiful version of the World Trade Center.'

The design, drawn up by engineer Ken Gardner and architect Herbert Belton would make the new towers one story higher than the previous ones. It would preserve the footprints of the original towers but would have improved fireproofing and more staircases and means of escape in case of emergency.

Now, I'm not Donald's biggest fan. There's way too much waste in that man's lifestyle to make me ever think that being that rich would actually be fun. (If having a billion dollars in the bank can be classified as being "F You" money, one would think that it would get you out of boring black-tie charity dinners. But noooooo. Apparently you have to go to a lot of those dinners if you're The Donald.) But, I will admit I watched season one of "The Apprentice" and while I may think that "Trump Ice" bottled water is just plain stupid, the man knows what he's talking about when it comes to business: sales, sales, sales; if you can't market it, you can't make money on it; but most importantly, if you say you're going to do something, do it, and stop fucking about in the meantime.

I appreciate that.

That's why I'm pretty darned happy he's stuck his nose in on this one. It's time they stopped fucking about and just built the buildings. Every day construction of the new Towers is halted, is one more day that goes by that tells those bastards they've won. The Towers have to be rebuilt. It's not only a matter of New York pride, but is also one that belongs to the entire nation. And it's being held up by a few prima donnas. This is where Trump's brilliance shines through: he knows he'll never actually get to build the new Towers. It'll never happen. He knows this. He's simply using his reputation to get the chosen people to work.

Trump's smart enough to know that by inserting his nose into the mix, they'll be scared enough by that prospect alone to actually get moving. Because Donald isn't exactly known for his spectacular good taste and I can see where some hoity-toity architects would get their asses in gear just to prevent his taking over the project. Trump, undoubtedly, knows this. If he has to take one for the team to get it done, he's apparently willing to turn his back into the pitch.

Good for him.

{Hat Tip: Martini Boy}

Posted by Kathy at May 20, 2005 10:07 AM

I don't know. I saw the news conference and it wasn't as if the new buildings he proposed were blazing new trails. They looked like the same old towers, just a story or so bigger.

Posted by: RP at May 20, 2005 10:09 AM

I actually quite like the design the commission picked, but if they can't get around to building it, what's the point? I think he's calling their bluff.

Then again, I could be wrong. My impression of Donald Trump from my cozy apartment in Minneapolis not exactly being that of a NYC resident. He's never made it here---thank God.

Posted by: Kathy at May 20, 2005 10:38 AM

I'm with The Donald on this one.

Posted by: Fausta at May 20, 2005 11:20 AM

I've posted Carnival of the BabeWits #1, which links bakc to this post. For some reason, the world of won't let me trackback due to questionable content. Go figure.

Posted by: Mark Alexander at May 20, 2005 12:17 PM

I couldn't tell you why it does that. I'm assuming someone got a little trigger happy with the black list and perhaps added the word "babe"---hence the banning.

We get a lot of trackback and comment spam---and all of it not from people who would use "babe" in a complimentary way, like yourself.

I'll check into it, and see what I can come up with, but don't count on anything. I'm a retard when it comes to this stuff.

Posted by: Kathy at May 20, 2005 12:27 PM

I am NOT a fan of The Donald. He is vain, arrogant, bombastic, etc. That stated, the man knows how the build buildings. Give him the job and he'll put together the team to get it don.

Posted by: KMR at May 21, 2005 12:03 PM
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