DuBos: Replacing WTC with sculpture a 'terrible' idea

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Posted on July 9, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 9 at 6:21 PM

A decision on whether to tear down or renovate the World Trade Center is drawing near. And that’s the topic of this week’s Commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

NEW ORLEANS -- It’s been said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. That’s why people are so divided over the future of the World Trade Center on Canal Street.

The building has been called “iconic” by those who love it, “unusable” by those who want to take it down.

I won’t pretend to know what’s best, but I do know this: Some have proposed replacing the WTC with an “iconic” sculpture, sort of a New Orleans version of the St. Louis Arch. That is a terrible idea.

Truth is, New Orleans already has an iconic space along the riverfront. It’s called The French Quarter. But the Quarter is also a neighborhood, and tourism officials need draw visitors to other parts of the city. The success of the World War II Museum in the Warehouse District proves that that’s possible. But there’s a world of difference between a giant arch and a world-class museum.

What that space on the riverfront needs is something that will create commerce and jobs. Whether that will happen in the existing building or something new is what the city has to figure out.

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