It has been over ten years since the terrorist attacks of September 11 destroyed the World Trade Center and darkened the skies over New York City, and since then the phrase “Ground Zero” has generally turned one’s thoughts to the WTC site and Lower Manhattan. While images from that day are indelibly etched into our minds forever, referring to the current World Trade Center development projects as something other than Ground Zero is a sign that Lower Manhattan is indeed rebuilding–and healing.
Certainly, development plans at the site were fraught within indecision and political bickering in the years after September 11. A panel at The New School offers insight into the formidable challenges that developers faced as well as what the future holds for Lower Manhattan:
Outside Lower Manhattan, other development such as the 21st century renaissance in Harlem and the opening of the the High Line in Chelsea (as Malcolm Gladwell explains in the clip below) also demonstrate how New York is forever adapting: