We are 14 years removed from one of the greatest terrorist attacks this country has even seen, and to this day we still haven’t seen a full recovery. The nation’s greatest office complex in its’ fourth largest business district were taken down in a horrific act of terrorism. The rebuilding of lower Manhattan and the World Trade Center are both surging on in hopes of providing relief for what happened all those years ago.
In the past year, there have been no major milestones for the landmark such as the dedication of the 9/11 memorial, which took place in 2011 or the museum of 2013.
Slow progress has taken some of the initial tourist interest to a lull. On the day that the World Trade Center opened back up, there was no ceremony, not even a speech from someone involved claiming credit and celebrating the milestone.
The good news is that construction seems to be slowing and things surrounding the building are opening back up. The tower’s top-floors observatory and restaurants have both been opened to the public.
After the attacks the immediate response was to get the World Trade Center back up and running as quick as possible but a lot of problems arose in trying to do so. Utilities, rail lines, and foundations were all puzzles that weren’t as simple as people maybe thought and with that provided many difficult obstacles to get around when rebuilding it. In some cases relatives of the victims also interfered with the progress sometimes halting the project all together.
There has been a lot of progress that flew under the radar as well, which keeps hope alive for the towers to one day become what they once were. As construction keeps dwindling down things as simple as streets opening back up provide light for those who don’t believe that one day order will be restored in the case of the twin towers.
On September 11, 2001, 20,000 people resided in lower Manhattan; in the months following the attack 10,000 people left. Today, the area is home to 70,000 people and that number is steadily rising.
Many people will pay a $32 fee to view the city from the observation deck, which is said to now be the safest building in New York City. That’s a strong statement coming from a place that was home to the worst terrorist attack this nation had ever seen. Keep building New York.