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The Impact of the 9/11 Attacks on Our Cities

It has been 19 years since the terrible tragedy of 9/11 happened. Nearly 3,000 lives were lost in the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the United Airlines Flight 93. This anniversary is particularly a very difficult one because many people lost their family, their friends, and their loved ones. Many years have passed and the grief still remains. America lost many heroes. Today, America honors and remembers our heroes. The 9/11 attacks not only impacted many lives, but it also impacted our cities and planning. 

After the attacks on the World Trade center, there were many discussions on what was going to happen with the site that was destroyed. After a while of planning, it came to the final decision to create Ground Zero in memory of all the lives lost during the attack. Another discussion was what should be done in repairing all of the collateral damage caused by the attacks. There were a lot of residents and neighborhoods that were also affected by the attack. This impacted the ways these neighborhoods would be planned in the future. However, rebuilding of these neighborhoods began shortly, although there were some geographical contributors that differed from neighborhood to neighborhood. For example, Battery Park City was a newly planned gated community that was isolated from other neighborhoods, therefore it wasn’t as affected and the recovery process was easier. Shortly after the attacks, the Freedom Tower and the National Museum and Memorial were built. Another impact that the attacks created were the fear of building skyscrapers. The city has a long history of their dense buildings and tall skyscrapers and now this event contributed to yet another story in history that created a fear of skyscrapers. 

It is important to remember those who lost their lives and sacrificed to save others. Nineteen years ago, this day began like any other; people went to work, children went to school, and people went about their daily routine. No one expected this tragedy, and now, it is a day America will never forget. America honors the cops and firefighters that risked their lives for others so valiantly, to the employees at the World Trade Center who were victims of the attack, to the passengers in the United Airlines Flight 93, and to those who died or are currently suffering from the toxins of the aftermath of the attacks. 

Barron, James. “Remembering Those Lost 18 Years Ago.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 11 Sept. 2019,

 Amadeo, Kimberly. “How the 9/11 Attacks Still Damage the Economy Today.” The Balance, 30 June 2020,

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