Journal Architecture Critic Blasts Trade Center Redevelopment

“I would say that this has probably been the greatest planning fiasco in the history of the world.”

That’s Wall Street Journal architecture critic Ada Louis Huxtable’s blistering take on the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site, now about to enter its eighth year. No one is spared in the invective.

“When did all of these infighting factions become benign ‘stakeholders,’ with equal rights, right or wrong? And when did those stakeholders cease to be recognized as special interests, each with its own self-directed agenda?”

If only there’d been better planning instead of so much self-interested grandstanding. If only there’d been an Edward Logue, the planner behind the South Bronx, New Haven and Boston redevelopments of yore.

“The critical factor that did Ground Zero in was the denial of the professional planning role essential to coordinate and execute an effort of this magnitude.”