Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Tyranny Tower at Turtle Bay...

John Hinderaker at PowerLine remains dubious of the $1.2 billion price tag on the renovations of the United Nations building in New York. He also posts an email from a real estate investment broker who is also skeptical of the $1.2 billion cost estimates. I'm not a real estate broker, but I thought I would search around to see what kind of building I could get for that kind of money. Well, here's an example of what you can build for $1.5 billion:

That's the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. I've never been there, but I assume it doesn't have the marble walls, healing waters, and Olympian mists that are sure to be part of United Nations' new Tower of Tyranny.

Let's see, I did find another building in New York that could be built at a cost of $1.5 billion; it's still in the planning stages and they're calling it Freedom Tower. Hinderaker's article in the Weekly Standard, Trouble at Turtle Bay, casts some doubt on the UN's estimate of its office space at 2,651,000 square feet. He estimates the space to be renovated is closer to 1,029,000 square feet. Even if we assume the first number of 2.6 million square feet is correct, that would match the proposed square footage of the Freedom Tower, which will be built from the ground up for only $300 million more dollars.

Granted, the Freedom Tower will only be occupied by filthy Americans. So, they won't need a hammered gold Alter of Multilateralism and a bejeweled Ark in which to carry the United Nations Charter before the laurel crowned armies of winged peacekeepers.


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