Five years after the shadows of two planes passed over New York, heralding the shattering destruction of the Twin Towers, almost two thirds of the city's residents are "very concerned" about another terrorist attack, a survey shows.
The poll, by The New York Times and CBS News, exposed deep anxiety in the city, with almost one in every three people saying they think about what happened on 11 September 2001 at least once every day.
Nearly 50 per cent said they thought about it once in a while. It also revealed widespread distrust of President George Bush's claims that America was safer than five years ago.
Yesterday the main developer at Ground Zero, Larry Silverstein, unveiled plans for three huge towers that would line the eastern edge of the site and help remake Manhattan's broken skyline. Distinctive from each other in form and size, they have been designed by Britain's two leading architects, Richard Rogers and Norman Foster, and by Fuhimiko Maki of Japan.
While most of the attention so far has been focused on the signature Freedom Tower that will soar 1,776ft from the northern edge of Ground Zero and on the accompanying Memorial Museum, the three towers presented yesterday will not be pigmies and will cost $7bn (pounds 3.7bn). The structure designed by Lord Foster, with a roof composed of four sloping diamonds, will be as high as the Empire State Building.
The pollsters do not give reasons for the high level of anxiety in New York but several possible explanations present themselves. …