Some blog writers were moaning and wailing this past weekend that the site of the demolished World Trade Centers remain an empty blighted hole. But that isn't really true at all.
"But nine years after the September 11 attacks, there finally are tangible signs of progress. A memorial and a tree-filled plaza will be completed next year, in time for the 10th anniversary. The museum will open in 2012. And the steel framing of One World Trade Center—now at 36 stories—is clearly visible above the fence."
"The officials spoke on the 10th floor of what is perhaps Ground Zero’s biggest success story so far: Seven World Trade, a 52-story Skidmore Owings & Merrill-designed office building that opened in 2006. And while all the speakers praised what construction they could see outside the floor’s tall windows, many also acknowledged the start-stop nature of the process thus far."
A fairly thorough description of all the construction underway can be found at the Architectural Record blog.
And two related stories
-- some of those killed that terrible day were Muslims gathered in the prayer room in the South Tower.
-- former "Nightline" host (a TV show dedicated originally to following every detail of Americans held hostage in Iran in the late 1970s and perpetuated and endlessly imitated as daily and often hourly 'fearcasts') Ted Koppel, thinks the press and the public and the government are playing by bin Laden's rules.