Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Ground Zero—today, in pictures

I went down way to the bottom of the island Monday for a meeting to plan a fundraiser for The Dart Society Monday. I took the long walk back to sign copies of Columbine at a Barnes & Noble, and passed by Ground Zero.

What I saw:

I was walking uptown (i.e., south to north) on West Street, with Ground Zero to my right/east. This first shot is facing north, a new building with the superstructure already in place:

I turned to my right for a wider shot, capturing more of the construction. I still couldn't get all the cranes:

Pedestrian traffic is blocked just before you reach the site, so I had to travel north inside the cluster of buildings that run a long city block. I think the x is about where I stood for the remaining pictures:

There is a huge glass viewing area inside to view the site:

Here's a tighter shot of the building on the left, from a slightly different angle:

And a still tighter shot, to give you a sense of the people actually working down there:


I got some quick response on my Facebook page about how glacial the pace has been. I know it feels slow, but my experience observing what to do with sites after big tragedies (Columbine, OK City, Virginia Tech . . . ) is that slow is much better.

Most individuals survivors don't even know what they want the first year or two after. It's too close. Five years later, they have a much better distance to gauge what they will want fifty years later.

Groups can't form consensus when even its individuals are unclear. It's so much better to wait and get it right.

One of the Arizona papers interviewed me a few weeks ago about lessons from their predecessors regarding Tucson. It's good to see them asking. It's not always what you think. I'll look for the link to the piece.

1 comment:

  1. Definitely a change since the last time I viewed the site in January of 2009.