The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

8 December 2003

Starting all over again

The new Federal Building in Oklahoma City opens today, eight years after the last one was reduced to rubble by a truck bomb, one city block from where it happened.

The Small Business Administration has already started moving in. Some staff from the Department of Housing and Urban Development say they want nothing to do with the new building, claiming its proximity to the National Memorial (on the site of the old building) will bring back all the pain and sorrow from that horrible day in 1995; Washington has yet to decide what to do about them.

I admit to some puzzlement here. Surely someone must have invoked the "out of sight, out of mind" principle during the planning stages. Downtown space is admittedly limited and becoming more so; still, I think it might have been kinder, even if more expensive, to put this facility somewhere else.

Posted at 7:53 AM to City Scene


Government planners are not the smartest on the block. Well, planners in general - Goldman Sachs is building the tallest building in Jersey City on the waterfront, but last I heard they'd basically slowed construction to nothing because none of their people want to work in a prominent tall building along the Hudson River in the post-9/11 world.

I would have gone to read the article you linked but it involved registering for the newspaper. That is sooooooooo annoying. Why isn't there a univeral passcode or something? I care enough to click over, but not enough to click over, fill out a registration form, go to my email account, get a password, come back and finally read. How many times do I read that newspaper? Once a year? Yeesh. They're not encouraging attention.

Posted by: susanna at 10:35 AM on 8 December 2003

Indeed they aren't.

However, since I do pilfer a lot of linkage from them, here's a login you (and others) can use:

Email: cgh at windowphobe.com
PW: carlotta

A neighbor of mine, you might say. :)

Posted by: CGHill at 5:31 PM on 8 December 2003

If you don't go to work directly across from where your friends died, then the terrorists win... or something like that.

Posted by: Cam at 10:50 PM on 8 December 2003