Lower Manhattan Making a Comeback

PATH trains, and other signs of rebirth in Lower Manhattan, will emerge in the coming months, opening the WTC site for the first time to the public since the 9/11 attacks.
September 15, 2003, 2pm PDT | Connie Chung
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"For all the evidence of rebirth at the World Trade Center site...Ground Zero has remained a construction zone, off limits to the public. That will change in November, when the trade center's temporary PATH station on the eastern side of the slurry wall opens, allowing an expected 50,000 displaced New Jersey commuters and others to step on the site....As PATH, which previously transported 67,000 commuters daily, reopens to cheers from residents and politicians alike, other evidence of revitalization abounds -- from the opening of the Millennium High School to the reopening of the green market kitty-corner to the site and construction of the 7 World Trade Center office building just north of the site....Long-term work to rebuild the office and retail space destroyed in the attack could take more than a decade, but it's progressing on schedule. Two key pieces will debut this fall: the revised master site plan expected sometime this month and a winning memorial design by November. Other promising projects will come to fruition in coming months....By spring, the Downtown Alliance and its partners will finish installing new sidewalks and signs from Battery Park to City Hall. By summer, the Con Edison power substation, which forms the base of 7 World Trade Center, should be providing electricity to lower Manhattan."

Thanks to Connie Chung

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Published on Thursday, September 11, 2003 in The Chicago Tribune


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