(Michael Cooper’s article appeared in The New York Times, 9/8; via Pam Green.)

LONG-DELAYED plans to build a performing arts center at the World Trade Center site moved forward on Thursday when officials unveiled a new design for the building and announced that Barbra Streisand had been elected chairwoman of the board.

A performing arts center was an important feature of the architect Daniel Libeskind’s 2003 master plan for the site’s redevelopment, but that element languished, becoming one of the last big pieces of unfinished business in rebuilding the World Trade Center after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Then the project was revived in June with a $75 million donation from Ronald O. Perelman, the billionaire businessman.


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