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From Copley Square to Ground Zero, our cities bounce back

April 28, 2013
One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center

One week after the Boston Marathon bombings, I visited Ground Zero for the first time in a decade. Intellectually, I was curious about the progress of One World Trade Center. Emotionally, I felt the need to see a different kind of progress: the resilience of another historic American place scarred by terror and bloodshed.
The tower, which is nearly complete, did not disappoint. As I stood across the street from the World Trade Center construction site along with a few tourists taking pictures, I was impressed by the shimmering glass-clad building formerly known as the Freedom Tower – and uplifted by what it symbolizes. It was reassuring to see that the dust and noise of the somber recovery efforts 11 ½ years ago have been replaced by the dust and clamor caused by heavy equipment operated by crews working steadily at the 16-acre site.
Including its spire, which is clearly visible from the ground, the tower will be 1,776 feet high – taller than the original Twin Towers and the highest building in the Western Hemisphere, according to the developers.

Those statistics certainly are impressive. But I am more awed by the idea that New York has been able to move forward from the grim days of 2001 to reclaim this now-sacred piece of lower Manhattan and show would-be terrorists that like Boston, the city of New York is strong and determined to recover from acts of senseless violence against its citizens and guests.

My heart still aches for the Boston bombing victims and their families. Although New York State is now my home, I grew up in a close suburb of Boston and will always identify with the city. At my core, I will always be a Bostonian.

I have many wonderful recollections of days spent in the city. Among my favorite is the memory of standing along the Boston Marathon route in Copley Square to cheer on friends and all the other participants who had trained so hard to compete in the 26.2-mile race.

I hope to stand there once again to celebrate the event and its diverse, multicultural participants next April, when the 118th Boston Marathon will take place. With any luck – no, with Beantown grit and heart, the event will be bigger, better and more Boston proud than ever.

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2010 Boston Marathon. (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

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  1. April 28, 2013 8:23 pm

    April 15th we all became Bostonians.

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