Up from Zero: Politics, Architecture,
and the Rebuilding of Ground Zero.
Random House, 273 pages, $24.95
No sooner had the World Trade Center been destroyed than peoplepoliticians, the press, architects, concerned citizensbegan to consider new projects for the site. Ordinarily, any development at such a scale would have been complicated enough, as these things always are in New York. But the ultimate responsibility would have devolved upon the sites owner and/or leaseholderrespectively, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the developer Larry Silverstein.
But this project was nothing ordinary. The World Trade Center was destroyed in a gruesome act of terror intended to kill as many people as possibleindeed, to kill many more people than even the vast number killedand to cripple the U.S. economy. Thus the...