Five years after the shadows of two planes passed over New York, heralding the shattering destruction of the Twin Towers and the massacre of thousands inside, almost two thirds of the city's residents remain "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 of 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, Lord Richard Rogers and Lord 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 authors of the poll do not give reasons for the continuing high level of anxiety in New York but several possible explanations present themselves. Reminders of 9/11, when lower Manhattan became a zone of almost unimaginable slaughter and grief, keep coming, thanks to a steady drip of related media stories as well as big-screen and television films.
Nor has the real-world fallout from the tragedy ended in Manhattan. This year, forensic experts have found more than 700 remains of victims in the Deutsche Bank building, a 43-storey tower next to Ground Zero that is awaiting demolition. …