Visitors gather to commemorate the past and envision a brighter future..
Visitors now only see an empty site, and the best view is from the pedestrian bridge crossing the Westside Highway. Despite the public haggling and emotional debate over reconstruction efforts, the World Trade Center site is certain to be an expression of modern architecture, likely one that will again dominate Lower Manhattan's skyline. The final Path-train station will be designed by celebrity architect Santiago Calatrava. In addition, Michael Arad's "Reflecting Absence" memorial is under construction.
A somber locale with a promising future. The first ticket-required viewing platform, shaky chain-link fence, and vendors hawking their tasteless, tawdry merchandise at the WTC site have given way to a more permanent setting that provides adequate amenities for memorializing and contemplating the horrors that occurred here more than two years ago. Plaques along the fence provide a history of the site and a temporary memorial to those who lost their lives in the tragedy. Be sure to visit the reopened Winter Garden atrium in the World Financial Centerduring my recent visit, an exhibit describing the process used to solicit ideas for rebuilding on the site was located on the first floor; I understand the proposals for the permanent memorials are now (also?) on display there. The WTC was always on my list of things to do whenever I visited New York. It will remain on this list throughout and beyond the rebuilding process.