The battle over Ground Zero continues. Bloomberg.com reports that the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation is looking for alternative sites for the International Freedom Center and Drawing Center:
The World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, acknowledging protests by relatives of Sept. 11 victims, is taking “one last look” at alternatives to placing a “museum of freedom” and art museum adjacent to the planned memorial, foundation chairman John Whitehead said.
Possible substitutes could include another spot within the 16-acre trade center site, outside the section that includes the foundations of the destroyed twin towers, or “immediately beyond the 16 acres,” he said.
The decision to reconsider the location of the International Freedom Center and the Drawing Center came at a closed meeting of the foundation’s board yesterday, and followed protests by 14 family organizations who say the institutions would bring political themes too close to the symbolic resting place of the 2,749 people killed in the 2001 terrorist attack.
Take Back the Memorial calls it a major victory but warns of the need for continued vigilance:
We welcome the decision by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation to pursue other locations for the International Freedom Center (IFC) and other non-9/11 related cultural amenities. But make no mistake, that pursuit must continue until it ends with the removal of the IFC and The Drawing Center from Ground Zero. We do not view this decision as ‘one last look around’ – we view this is the last chance for the IFC and The Drawing Center to find a home other than the atop the graves of 2,749 people. They cannot remain there and we will not rest until they are removed.
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