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May 14, 2005

Donald Trump: New WTC Design a "Pile of Junk"

No doubt about it; the current architect should be forced into the boardroom and told "You're fired:"

In an interview last night on MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” the developer Donald Trump panned the plans to build the Freedom Tower.

Calling the 1,776-foot building “a terrible design,” Mr. Trump said the master planner at the ground zero site, architect Daniel Libeskind, was “an egghead architect who really doesn’t have a lot of experience designing something like this.”

“It looks like a junkyard,” Mr. Trump said. “Frankly, I’d rather see nothing than see that pile of junk. I don’t want to have the terrorists win, Chris. And that’s what’s going to happen if we build this pile of junk.”

The star of NBC’s reality show “The Apprentice” said that instead of the Freedom Tower, he would like to see the Twin Towers rebuilt — one story taller.

“What I want to see built is the World Trade Center, stronger and maybe a story taller. … That’s what people want,” Mr. Trump said, according to a transcript of the interview. “They don’t want to be stuck with five or six buildings that were designed by a guy that shouldn’t be designing buildings, in my opinion.”

That is what people want.

Look, the WTC got knocked a lot for being boxy, graceless, and alienatingly massive. But that was before those bastards knocked them down.

I don't know about you, but I have a whole new appreciation for the Towers. I only got to go to the Observation Deck once in my life; I'd appreciate another chance. I think a lot of other people would, too.

Thanks to Someone.

Update: Donald Trump just proposed his own design for the towers. In his vision, they would be massive, "beautiful" buildings, shaped into massive "T's," adorned in gold filligree and pink Italian marble "like my incredible Mar a Lago estate."

He also proposed opening the "world's largest and most luxurious casinos" on the top ten floors of each building.

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