Blair Kamin asks: How would you fill the Spire hole? (Assuming, of course, that it doesn’t get built.)
That’s easy: I wouldn’t. Since superstitious, neo-pagan ceremonies are obviously the solution to the economic crisis, I would encourage people to toss pennies in it, and if that didn’t work, virgins.
But either way, I’d just leave it. I can’t think of a better monument to fin de siècle American capitalism than a giant void where our hubris used to be. Sometimes you don’t get the monuments you want, but you just might find you get the monuments you need.