Progress In Lower Manhattan – 9/11 at Ten

There are countless 10th anniversary remembrances in the form of stories, recounts, songs and poems. I lack an eloquent speech or a compelling recount so instead I offer you five photos that I took of ground zero in New York City just a little over a year ago in August 2010. The photos on their own are nothing remarkable but when contrasted against recent images of the progress at ground zero they are compelling. I’ve provided a few links below offering photos of what ground zero looks like today.

For a while it seemed like progress was almost non-existent. Just a year ago it was mostly construction equipment, pipes and concrete with One World Trade only rising about 30 floors and still just a skeleton. Today ground zero is still under construction but it’s quickly shaping into a peaceful oasis in the middle of busy and hectic lower Manhattan.

A few links with more photos showing progress at ground zero in New York:

Redefining Manhattan’s skyline: Incredible new pictures of Ground Zero show substantial progress made on 9/11 Memorial

New York prepares for 10th anniversary of 9/11

Stunning new photos show World Trade Center and 9/11 Ground Zero site progress

One World Trade Center & 9/11 Memorial and Museum Progress

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  • Your photos and the links you provide show the resiliency of Americans. And though progress in building this memorial has been seemingly slow, it has happened nonetheless. The reflecting pools are such a fitting tribute. Thank you for sharing this.

    • I agree about the reflecting pools. They look really impressive in the recent photos. One of them is just barely visible in the 2nd to last photo above. Much progress has been made on those pools and the immediate surrounding plaza. I hope to get up to NY sometime in the next few months to see it in person.

  • It would be interesting to read your reaction upon visiting New York. We have decided to drive to Shanksville this Fall. It is less than two hours away and the ceremonies there the past two days have been inspiring.

    • NY is about 2.5 hours from where I am so there’s no excuse for not getting there more often! I look forward to any words and/or photos you might share from your trip to Shanksville.

  • Dan

    I agree with Askcherlock, the mere fact that we have rebuilt on the exact same site and included a memorial and plans to replace the towers is a tribute to the American Spirit. As a country our defining characteristic is the ability to rise to the challenge and overcome it no matter how insurmountable it may seem.

  • I think the fact that they are building on that site what will become the tallest building in a America, One World Trade at 1776 feet, is a great symbol of our resolve as a nation.

  • David,
    You are so right. May the building stand in defiance and honor for our country and those who sacrificed so much.