SAVE THE ICONIC WTC BUILDING
The iconic WTC building is currently facing a serious threat of demolition by the City of New Orleans. We must act now to save the WTC building because:

Preservation of our unique and historic urban fabric is what makes New Orleans special

It was the First World Trade Center in the World, out of over 300 today

It was designed by world-famous, award-winning modernist architect Edward Durell Stone

It has been a timeless and prominent landmark on our skyline for the last 5 decades

It is an enduring symbol of our City’s historic role as one of the nation’s major ports

Demolition of our irreplaceable, one-of-a-kind history with controversial, limited public funds is not progress

We are not St Louis and we are not Disneyland – we value our authentic and unique history

HELP NOW!  1.Share this website  2.Contact the City  3.Get Involved

     

An Open Letter

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TO ALL WHO LOVE NEW ORLEANS AND
VALUE WHAT MAKES OUR CITY SPECIAL

 

The vitality and soul of New Orleans today is a direct consequence of those who fought to preserve the special historic fabric of the city, whether it was in the French Quarter, the Warehouse District, the CBD or our residential neighborhoods. They often did so in the face of previous promoters who urged unwise and short-sighted demolition in the name of “progress”. The City, community, and tourism leaders should be very grateful for their efforts, without which New Orleans would not be the highly unique, authentic, and compelling place to visit and live that it is today. Demolition of our timeless and irreplaceable history is not progress.

 

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Major Benefits of Saving the WTC Building
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Historic Benefits

Preserving our unique and authentic historic urban fabric is at the heart of what makes New Orleans special. We are not St. Louis. We are not Disneyland. We do not need a new artificial monument or false icons. We are already an iconic City, and the WTC is a timeless, irreplaceable landmark on our skyline with genuine historic significance. Demolition of our valuable and unique history is not progress.

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Architectural Benefits

The New Orleans WTC dates to 1959, and was designed by Edward Durell Stone, an internationally-recognized, award-winning architect in the modernist style. It is eligible for National Register Historic Landmark status. The WTC building design and structure is uniquely well-suited for an exceptional and efficient adaptive re-use historic redevelopment, with truly ideal floor plans, great bones, and unparalleled views in all directions.

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Tourism Benefits

The $190 million redevelopment of the WTC would be a powerful and compelling solution to help achieve the important Tourism Industry Master Plan objective of transforming the Riverfront and increasing annual visitors from 9 million today to nearly 14 million by the City’s Tri-Centennial in 2018. Redeveloping the WTC complements and enhances the tourism industry’s goals, and allows limited public funds to be dedicated for more productive and appropriate uses than tearing down the WTC.

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Job Creation Benefits

The $190 million redevelopment of the WTC using private investment will create over 2,500 new permanent jobs for the City of New Orleans. By itself, the redeveloped WTC would generate nearly $10 million in annual payroll for its long-term operation, rather than more green space or some artificial monument the City can’t afford with minimal jobs and payroll if the WTC was demolished with public money.

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Economic Benefits

The $190 million redevelopment of the WTC using new private investment and $75 million in historic tax credits would create a transformational new economic engine for the Riverfront with major new upfront income and recurring annual revenue to the City. Tearing down this valuable economic asset for some artificial and uncertain civic monument with minimal economic benefit using scarce public funds is fiscally irresponsible and wrongheaded.

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Civic Benefits

The City already has a large amount of neglected, underutilized civic spaces surrounding the WTC. We do not need to tear down the WTC for another unfunded, mismanaged civic space with minimal benefit. We need to transform, unify, and energize the civic spaces along the Riverfront that we already have, and redeveloping the iconic WTC can help make this happen today with massive new private investment, new jobs, and a new, powerful catalyst for growth, activity, and vitality for the future of the City’s Riverfront.

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We need as much local community awareness and support as possible to save the WTC building, and the clock is ticking! Please share this website with everyone you know in New Orleans today!


   

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Contact the City

The City is currently considering whether to demolish or redevelop the WTC building, with a final decision this summer. Please let them know the WTC building should NOT be demolished!

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In addition please email and/or call the Mayor and City Council today! Let them hear your voices to save the WTC building before it’s too late by sending messages opposing demolition to:

EMAIL THE MAYOR & CITY COUNCIL

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CALL THE MAYOR'S OFFICE:

Mayor Landrieu - 504-658-4900

CALL CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS:

President Head - 504-658-1060

Vice President Clarkson - 504-658-1070

District A Guidry - 504-658-1010

District B Cantrell - 504-658-1020

District C Palmer - 504-658-1030

District D Hedge-Morrell - 504-658-1040

District E Gray - 504-658-1050

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