On each visit to New York City I always make a pilgrimage to the sacred ground of The World Trade Center site where terrorists changed the world on that fateful September morning a little over nine years ago.
And each time I visit I come away disappointed at the lack of progress in rebuilding this massive graveyard where over 3,000 innocent souls lost their lives at the hands of a few misguided mad men. Why, I would ask myself, can New York build two new baseball stadiums and one new football stadium but let Ground Zero fall victim to politics and economics.
But this time was different. I visited NYC a couple of weeks ago and was amazed at the rapid pace of progress in lower Manhattan. One World Trade Center (formally called Freedom Tower) is already halfway to the top at 52 levels. When finished, it will be the tallest building in the United States. The PATH train station is up and running, carrying thousands of commuters every day from WTC to New Jersey and back. And the 9/11 Memorial should be finished in time for the 10th anniversary dedication this September 11th.
Here are recent photos of Ground Zero:
Video of snow storm at Ground Zero: