Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

EDITORIAL: One World Trade Center Is a Statement

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

EDITORIAL: One World Trade Center Is a Statement

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For more than 25 years, the signature of the New York skyline was the twin towers of the World Trade Center. When the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks brought them down, their glaring absence was as conspicuous as their prominence had been.

For years it was debated whether the buildings should be replaced. Because terrorists viewed them as a sort of national symbol of status and power, they had become targets. A 1993 bombing in the center's basement had been intended to collapse the buildings.

But the urge to replace and rebuild, an urge that has plenty of precedent in American culture, won over reverence for the site and fear of renewed attacks. The 1,776-foot-tall building at One World Trade Center reopened Monday, an apt day for a building that was all about being open for business.

Architects and builders went to great pains to make the new building less susceptible to terrorist attacks. Perhaps the heavy, reinforced concrete construction will inspire confidence in its tenants. …

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