When of the great running sores nine years after the terrorist outrage of 9/11 2001 is that the World Trade Center has not yet be rebuilt. But according to the Wall Street Journal, that is finally about to change.
One of the questions that people have raised is that if the Empire State Building could be raised in just over a year, how is it that nine years have passed since the destruction of the World Trade Center and there is still a pit where it once stood.
The fact is there has actually been some progress. 7 World Trade Center has already been completed. In addition:
“The main 1 WTC building, the old Freedom Tower, has 36 floors, a third of the way up to its planned 1,776 feet. Each week or so another floor gets added, soon blocking Mr. Silverstein’s view of the Hudson, for which he says he’s thankful. Two thousand construction workers are on the site.
“In the southeast corner of the 16-acre site, architect Fumihiko Maki’s 4 WTC is well along, too. The granite slabs for the two reflecting pools in the footprint of the old towers are in place, awaiting the names of the victims of 9/11 and the 1993 WTC bombing to be engraved there. The pools will showcase the largest manmade waterfalls in America.
“Swamp white oak trees cultivated in New Jersey are brought in by truck overnight. A little over a dozen are planted. There will be over 400 by the time, on this day next year, the memorial plaza is scheduled to be dedicated. The first commercial tenants are to move into the first two completed buildings in 2013. Another two office towers will be added to the complex, as well as architect Santiago Calatrava’s sleek new PATH train hub.”
Mind, considering all of the government bureaucracies that get to weigh in, nineteen in all, and all of the conflicting views of how the site should be redeveloped, it might be considered a miracle that any building has happened at all. Compared to the task at hand, raising what was then the world’s tallest building in 1930-31 was incredibly easy.
It is fitting that, along with a memorial and a museum commemorating the Second Day on Infamy, the site will be once again a center of commerce. Politicians certainly are in the habit of sneering at making money, but that is the one thing that Americans are really good at, if they are unfettered by government. The fact that the old World Trade Center was a center of commerce made it a target for the terrorists.
Since the new World Trade Center will again be a hub of business, with buildings stronger than before, the very act of rebuilding is a rebuke to those who brought the old buildings down. Strike us down, and we will arise again, more powerful than before.
Source:Wall Street Journal, The Man Who Is Rebuilding Ground Zero, Matthew Kaminski