Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration has been accepting public bids all week on the old World Trade Center building. The iconic old structure sits empty on the river at the foot of Canal and Poydras Streets.
This location is arguably one of the finest in the south and is clearly the most valuable piece of property in the city. That makes it vitally important that Landrieu and the city make the right call on how to best re-develop the site.
Although the building has been part of our skyline for the last half-century, it’s time for it to go. The World Trade Center needs to be torn down, demolished. The site, not the building, is too valuable.
New Orleans needs to build a world class monument for our city, similar to the historic Arc de Triumph in Paris or the more modern London “Eye”. We need something like a “St. Louis Arch” in our city. Some structure that IS New Orleans.
We’ve got a great opportunity to do something special and meaningful for our city with the old World Trade Center site and just in time for the city’s 300 year anniversary in 2018. Let’s not blow it and do something ordinary.
Let’s make sure a world class monument representing the greatness of New Orleans is erected on the old World Trade Center site.