Sunday, October 14, 2007

Being a tourist @ WTC

We still feel like tourists much of the time, even though we have lived here since March. Today, we took Mary's sister and brother-in-law to a few sights, like Rachel's dorm, NYU, and the WTC site. It seems like, after all this time, there would be a nicer memorial at the site, near the entrance to the transportation station--it's where most people gather to look at the still empty hole in the ground.

Frankly, it seems shameful that it's 6 years later, and nothing much has happened. OK, they have decided on a new structure to be built--ugly as sin, in Mary's opinion. But it still seems so ... vacant, like it needs at least a commemorative area where people can pay their respects and contemplate what happened on that spot on September 11, 2001.

People NEED that. Maybe the new structure and environs will have an adequate contemplative space--not sure until it's built. But the way things are going, it appears doubtful that anything will change much there in the foreseeable future. It will probably still look like a hole in the ground with cranes and construction materials piled high. And no memorial.

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