I'm not sure, maybe it's suspicion. I worked for the environmental division of a Texas based power plant designer in the upper floors of a World Trade tower and surveyed Fort Drum, NY for the relocation of the US Army's 10th Mountain Division way back in 1983 when A-10s were using it for target practice. After 9/11 I read, across the street from where I once worked (since demolished on Trinity Place) that the power plant designer had threatened to leave and former Mayor Koch gave them rent free for three years floors 79 to the top of one of the WTC towers, according to a sad secretary's report the day after the tragedy here on-line. They left though way before 9/11/01, for New Jersey, at least that division I and my significant other worked for, that evaluated the permanent cantonment of 7000 where there had been some iron foundries and cheese factories, about 10,000 people moved off after WWII, for live-fire exercises, NY National Guard activities and US Army winter training.
My point might be that it seems perhaps in the past that often some sort of trade is made over staying in NYC by large firms with elected officials, many we might not have voted for on our 1960s voting machines. Why should they get big tax breaks, apparently free rent and what anywhere else would look like "personal" favors from civil servants. Maybe that's why, they're subject sometimes to ridicule, along with the politicians, lumped together. Wall Street moving to New Jersey? You're going to hear from people about it.
- Mon Apr 6, 2009 6:02 PM EDT