Rebuilt Ground Zero Billed as National Symbol, But Pricey Construction Projects Outsourced Overseas




DemocracyNow.org – This weekend 1000′s of individuals will gather at the web site of the former World Trade Center to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. On Sunday, a dedication ceremony will be held for the 9/11 Memorial which will open to the public on Monday. Nevertheless, construction continues on 1 Planet Trade Center, which is far from complete. Whilst the 10th anniversary has produced international headlines, small attention has been paid to some controversial aspects of the rebuilding at Ground Zero. At a time when President Obama is launching a huge jobs initiative, key elements of the building project have been outsourced overseas. A Chinese glass business won the contract to manufacture the unique blast-resistant glass base of 1 Globe Trade Center. Some 250 tons of stainless steel from Germany will also be imported for the project. So far, just two tenants have agreed to move in to the massive skyscraper formerly recognized as the Freedom Tower. The China Center was the 1st tenant to sign a deal. Leasing floors 64 to 69, the center will be employed to market the expansion of Chinese companies in the United States and house the US offices of some Chinese firms. And the publishing giant Conde Naste has agreed to be the anchor tenant by leasing floors 20 to 41 at a heavily subsidized rate. Democracy Now! speaks with Joe Nocera, enterprise columnist for the New York Instances who has closely followed the rebuilding at Ground Zero and not too long ago wrote a column titled, “9/11′s
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7 Responses to “Rebuilt Ground Zero Billed as National Symbol, But Pricey Construction Projects Outsourced Overseas”

  • rachelgolem:

    You’re right, we shouldn’t buy anything from Chinese people!!!!!!

    And certainly not let Chinese people work there!!!!

    And Conde Nast should be turned into a workers collective and print Mao’s Little Red Book!!!!

  • InvincibleIronyMan:

    @KingRyltar I didn’t realize Obama had gotten a new job commissioning real estate for the New York Port Authority, I thought he was the president! I really ought to pay more attention…

  • InvincibleIronyMan:

    @KingRyltar Of course! Obama hates America! it’s not like he actually lives there, or is an American or anything. if Obama had his way they’d be building gigantic trenches filled with napalm right up and down the country. Jeezus, what an incisive mind you have. I’m sure he wakes up every morning, looks at the view down Pennsylvania avenue and thinks how much it would be improved by giant flame pits and bodies impaled on spikes. After all, who wouldn’t?

  • InvincibleIronyMan:

    Seriously, I really don’t think Obama “does not want American’s working”. (Hold on a mo – doesn’t want American’s *what* working? And who is this “American” guy anyway?) I have seen no reason to think he particularly harbors a great deal of ill will towards anyone. In fact, I am pretty sure that whatever he does, he thinks it’s going to be good for *someone*. Just not necessarily Americans.

  • InvincibleIronyMan:

    Oh that is just brilliant. Why didn’t they just build a giant statue of Uncle Sam holding a gun to his head? It would have been cheaper…

  • KingRyltar:

    of course they outsource the jobs…Obama does not want American’s working!!

  • marsCubed:

    @Tokoroegao
    & tax those who exploit workers hard.
    Competing into low wage, low skill is stupid. We should all be becoming high skilled, connected & culturally deep.
    Robot designers & engineers of a technological revolution.
    3D printers, robot manufacture, connected social people putting together projects & making robots they way we’re all video critics & computer operators now.
    Places without an imaginative, stable & social skills base will rue the day they opted for broom-pusher austerity IMO.

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