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PUT BLOOMBERG IN CHARGE: POLL

May 13, 2005 -- A majority of New Yorkers say Mayor Bloomberg has taken his eye off the ball at Ground Zero because of his focus on a West Side stadium — but they still want him in charge downtown instead of Gov. Pataki, a new poll found.

The Quinnipiac University poll found that 52 percent of New York City voters believe the drive to build a football stadium has turned the mayor's attention away from Lower Manhattan. Only 38 percent disagree.

Sixty percent of those polled believe that Bloomberg — not Pataki — should be at the helm of the rebuilding effort at Ground Zero.

"Voters never did like the idea that their mayor was not running the show," said poll director Maurice Carroll.
 

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imo even if bloomberg gets to be the top man in the rebuilding process, he's still gonna love his west side stadium plan more than rebuilding the wtc site.

trump would make a way better candidate than him
 

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Anyone but Pataki, whose shown complete incompitence in rebuilding.

Does anyone really trust a man who called the Freedom Tower "great architecture"?
 

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I'd have Bloomberg over Pataki, but we all know Bloomberg's priority lies on the Westside. Bloomberg already dismissed Trump's plan...

"He's a great guy who dreams big and talks big...But we are not going to rebuild the two World Trade Center towers."
 

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i don't get why NYC hates pataki so much, they are the one's that are responsible for him being in office... suck it up

at this point in time the west side stadium is a more viable and realistic project for a mayor to throw his weight behind... the WTC is bigger than the city of NYC so it doesn't make much sense for him to be running the show...
 

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the reason that pataki is in office is because he was able to convince new yorkers that he's someone they would want during his campaign. he was able to successfully characterize himself as someone who had led new york through the dark days of 9/11 and that he can repair the wounds that the terrorists had inflicted on the city's skyline.

however, throughout his third term, he had failed to live up to what he claimed to be, especially as he made promises after promises and optimism after optimism about the fact that lower manhattan's heading toward recovery and the wtc's well on its way of getting rebuilt, and yet, nothing was happening at all. the freedom tower was forced back to the drawing board, the steel that was supposed to be ordered was never ordered, and the plan was delayed again and again.

new yorkers had perceived pataki as someone who can and will restore the skyline of lower manhattan, but they never would have imagined that this is what they would get if they reelect him. they never saw that coming when they voted for him in the last election, and never would have done so if they know he was going to do what he has done with the ground zero rebuilding process.

while it is more realistic for bloomberg to throw his weight behind the west side stadium project, it sends the wrong signal to new yorkers that he's apatheic to the growing problems at ground zero, and do not care one or the other about the future of the world trade center. besides, rudi guiliani had proved himself to be someone who cared about what will happen to ground zero, and the public expected the same of bloomberg. but he's doing contrary to what the public expected by putting the west side stadium as a higher priority over the wtc redevelopment.
 

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west side stadium has a real deadline and a real serious client.... 2 things that can't really be said of the WTC at this point...
 

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one thing i wonder is whether tenants and clients are staying away from the wtc because of fear of future terrorist attacks against them, or they just cannot see any solid progress going on at the site that clearly indicates that construction will start. i mean, it's to the disadvantage of a client to invest in or take part in a development that have no clear indications of going anywhere...which is clearly what's happening to the freedom tower right now.
 

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yes but even number 7 is empty and almost complete...

the commercial office space market isn't so hot in manhattan... the 10 million sq ft that were lost have been found else where or consolidated in some other fashion... the demand just isn't there at the moment...if there were a real crunch then people would line up for it...

of course the west side development will further compete with the WTC once they build all the towers and crap that they plan over there
 

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personally, i think it's better to just put off the west side skyscraper building projects until we can get lower manhattan and the new wtc complex to recover from the office glut.

not to say that we should not build the stadium, but all these tall buildings are not necessary at all.
 

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but when you consider that the only thing they need to worry about on the west side is some rail yards and maybe pissing off a low income community... that looks a hell of a lot more appealing to developers and potential tenants than does the WTC...
 
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