geojanes wrote:Saw the 9/11 memorial yesterday. It didn't really do it for me.
Part of it may be the fact that it's designed to be this serene place, but right now, it's in the middle of a construction site surrounded by chain link with cranes moving steel overhead. The grass is dead, and the trees are bare, and you get to it in a decidedly unpleasant way, walking on a part of a street fenced off from traffic by another chain-link fence. It may be that the environment right now is so unpleasant that any design would fail, but was wondering if anyone else has seen it and has an impression.
I was back there a week ago, and it really is much better than it was three years ago. No more fences, no more security screenings, you just walk in from the street. There are still a couple of construction cranes, but they're in the background. It was packed on a beautiful memorial day weekend, so it didn't have a somber feel, but that was the crowds more than the memorial. It went from a D+ to a solid B in my judgement, and probably more importantly, it did seem to make an impact on many of the visitors who were there.