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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

They Remember...

Some structures meant to last and they do, others were also build to last but they disappear, crumble into dust by destroyed by time or pillagers. The Pyramids, despite many futile attempts of destruction still survive, but Persepolis – the great capital of Persians lies destroyed, not by a barbarian hordes but by a man of great intellect, who thought less of the other. I might stand corrected, but nowhere in the World a high-rise building of this stature and magnitude was laid into ruins in an instant, and disappear forever into annals of history. Alll of them other landmarks still stand. Aside from the human dimension of the horrible tragedy afflicted onto unsuspecting Americans, some of the severity of the shock, and its bloody aftermath came not from number of casualties but from an enormous pain felt by a nation, upon a destruction of one of its potent symbols – the symbol of Trade . We underestimate the pain it still causes that nation, used to its winning ways, and always complaining at being misunderstood. This building conceived by a merchant and constructed by Japanese-American architect to house the centre of the World Trade symbolized the American dream of uniting people of the World for trade and mutual enrichment. Its destructions sees these dreams shuttered against reality of the divided world.

The construction of the World Trade Center
was conceived as an urban renewal project, spearheaded by David Rockefeller, to help revitalize Lower Manhattan. The project was developed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which hired architect Minoru Yamasaki who came up with the specific idea for twin towers. After extensive negotiations, the New Jersey
and New York State governments, Construction of the World Trade Center's North Tower began in August 1968,
and the South Tower in 1969. Repairs to structural
elements on the lower levels of 1 WTC [North Tower] were made following the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

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