New York New Visions A Coalition for the Rebuilding 
of Lower Manhattan

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Seven General Principles for the Rebuilding of Lower Manhattan
We propose the rebuilding of a vital World Trade Center site and Lower Manhattan in a way that responds to the needs of a wide variety of stakeholders. New York New Visions offers the following seven major recommendations that are presented in more detail in the body of this report.



1 ESTABLISH AN OPEN MEMORIAL PROCESS
  Organize a formal, transparent, and open process to determine the nature and location of memorials. Ultimately, memorials should be integral to the redevelopment of the area. Prepare for a lengthy and comprehensive memorial effort. Establish appropriate temporary memorials during the intervening period.
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2 ENCOURAGE A MIXED-USE FUTURE FOR LOWER MANHATTAN
  Intensify and encourage increased diversity of programmatic uses. Capitalize on the cultural, historic, and geographic assets of the district as generators of growth. Develop a true 24-hour community within a pedestrian realm. Promote complementary and productive adjacencies to improve security and develop the regional tax base.
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3 BECOME A TRANSPORTATION CROSSROADS FOR THE CITY AND REGION
  Focus on improving accessibility by mass transit; it is the single most important investment in the future health of Lower Manhattan. Magnify public and economic benefits of investment by linking existing and new transportation centers and integrating them with pedestrian flows and open space.
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4 ENHANCE THE RECIPROCAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN LOWER MANHATTAN AND THE REGION
  Implement a balanced growth strategy that reflects the reciprocal relationship of Lower Manhattan and the region. Coordinate decisions about the restructuring of the World Trade Center site with development in the rest of Manhattan, the other city boroughs, and key communities in Long Island, Westchester and New Jersey.
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5 BECOME A CENTER FOR DESIGN EXCELLENCE IN NEW YORK CITY
  Demand design excellence with an emphasis on sustainability to create economic and social value. Create the highest quality urban patterns and architecture. Require decreased life-cycle costs and energy use. Promote long-term flexibility.
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6 DEVELOP A CREATIVE AND INCLUSIVE PLANNING PROCESS
  Create a comprehensive and inclusive plan for Lower Manhattan. Balance Urgency with informed decisions. Reorganize the building review process to expedite priority projects. Adopt a model building code to address changes in technology and performance.
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7 IMMEDIATE ACTIONS
  Create and implement a plan for temporary memorials, integrated with viewing places that address visitor and resident needs. Address short-term transportation, amenity, and small-business needs of the district. Define the character of a secure and open public realm, and begin its implementation as utilities are put back into place.
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