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A pair of projects build on emotion

Construction continues Tuesday on the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City. Construction cranes work above One World Trade Center (rear), also known as the Freedom Tower. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Construction continues Tuesday on the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City. Construction cranes work above One World Trade Center (rear), also known as the Freedom Tower. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

By Tom Fetters

Few construction projects are spurring higher emotions this week than one under way and one proposed near ground zero in New York.

First, there’s the Sept. 11 museum under construction on the former site of the World Trade Center. The museum’s architects and others led a tour of the project Tuesday for members of the media, and based on The Associated Press account, the underground museum already “provides an emotionally raw journey” even though it doesn’t yet have any display cabinets or exhibits, and it doesn’t open until 2012.

Then, there’s the mosque and cultural center that developers are proposing to build a couple of blocks from ground zero. Even before a city board cleared the way for the project earlier this month, supporters and critics were lining up and weighing in. And since the project received the go-ahead, the voices on both sides have become louder and more numerous.

New York Gov. David Paterson tried to walk the middle ground Tuesday, offering the possibility of state aid if the developers would agree to move the project farther from ground zero. But while Paterson tries to defuse the dispute, emotions just run higher and higher.

Tom Fetters is a copy editor at The Daily Reporter. He has strong emotions about blown deadlines.

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