In the past ten years, plans for a memorial at Ground Zero have progressed, along with a growing sense that, in the midst of downtown Manhattan, it could not be obsessed with the past, especially since New York's urban life was itself a terrorist target. On the other hand, it would be worse if the space were filled with commercial buildings. One observer finds that the plan now being developed has "split the difference." "The people will not come back, but the life of the city has to," wrote Paul Goldberger, architecture critic for the New Yorker magazine, who's closely studied developments at Ground Zero for the past 10years.
Ground Zero, Ten Years On
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