On a day like this, an unusually clear picture comes to my mind. It is that of The World Trade Center in New York. Imagine, it is already twelve years since that awful day, when the flying monsters flew into the buildings. For me, it is like yesterday. I was living in New York in 1976 -77, and these towers were my landmarks. My office was on One State Street Plaza, and almost every time I passed the Twin Towers. On this very day, twelve years ago, I was back in Sweden, watching the news. Suddenly I saw a plane flying towards one of the towers. I thought did not think so much about it at first, but then, as the plane was only some yards from the tower, I suddenly felt freezing cold at my back. I could see how the plane kept going and flew straight through the whole building that a couple of seconds thereafter collapsed. This picture will always be in my mind. It is not possible to grasp how such a cruelty can occur in the mind of the human race. How can someone think that wiping out the lives of hundreds of innocent men and women can magnify them. Today the fundamental building of the new World Trade Center stays ready. The property is 104-story tall and has an edge to the west by West Street, to the north by Vesey Street, to the south by Fulton Street, and to the east by Washington Street. The building’s name is One World Trade Center. It is the tallest building in New York City since April 1912, when it surpassed the Empire State Building. It is also the fourth-tallest building in the world by pinnacle height. Two other skyscrapers, 2 and 3 World Trade Center, are planned to be completed in 2015 and 2016. The construction shall memorialize the destruction of the first World Trade Center complex during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. A number of safety and security features are implemented in the building’s design, all to prepare it for an accident or terrorist attack. When this complex of buildings stands ready in 2016, let us hope that no one has the desire to destroy them again. Let them be what they are design to be, a landmark for New York and all people in the city including foreigners.
Written By: Carl J Tengstrom