Thingish Things

WTC Progress Report

Written By: William F. B. O'Reilly - Jul• 05•11

I hadn’t been to lower Manhattan in a couple of months, until last Thursday night when I drove by the ever-growing Freedom Tower and was amazed by its progress.

In a very short period of time  — after a long stretch of seeming inactivity — the Tower has taken shape.  It is massive already, and it is only about 1/10th complete.  The very site of it chokes one up. It is a powerful statement of resilience. 

I just came across the Daily News clip above narrated over the Fourth of July weekend by veteran New York reporter Doug Feiden.  It is focused on the World Trade Center Memorial, which also has come a long way quickly. I did some work post 9/11 with an architectural firm working on the Memorial, and it is amazing to see the sketches come to life.

The downtown reconstruction has taken longer than expected, but time is all relative.  The most important thing is that it be done right. Doug Feiden’s video suggests that it is. Thought you might want to see it. 


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One Comment

  1. Your Friend says:

    I still think they should have planted two giant Sequoia trees by the reflecting pools.

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