It’s hard to say what a groundbreaking means these days. Today’s event for the PATH World Trade Center station involved no shovels nor hard hats, but rather about 10 magic markers and a strip of glistening train rail that politicians signed—and construction there won’t really begin until next week because of the Sept. 11 anniversay memorials. Last week’s ceremony for the MTA’s transit center at Fulton Street came after construction had begun. And of course, the cornerstone laid last year for the Freedom Tower will have to be moved.
The doves that architect Santiago Calatrava and his 10-year-old daughter released at the ceremony—-a reference to the inspiration for the soaring design–flew only a few feet up to what was once part of the garage. But considering the difficulties of getting things done in Lower Manhattan, maybe that was just enough progress to keep everybody happy.