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Old Posted Jun 19, 2011, 10:36 PM
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The reason for the 65 foot setback is force protection along West Street. The way that this is mitigated for Fulton Street, Vesey, Greenwhich is with access restrictions into those streets with vehicular checkpoints prohibiting non-screened traffic into the areas around the WTC.

The NYPD feels that it can control the other streets. However, you still need to allow access for heavy vehicle traffic, which is the purpose of West Street, and must take the appropriate counter-measures, e.g. stand-off distance, to mitigate the risk. Then you add in some blast-walls and a twenty-story quasi bunker and you've mitigated a lot of the risk of vehicle-borne IED's.

Suicide bombers are another matter...
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