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Rebuilding structures, hearts and minds in NYC
A test of the Tribute in Light rises above lower Manhattan.

A test of the Tribute in Light rises above lower Manhattan. Photo: AFP

NEW YORK Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the reconstruction of the World Trade Centre shows the city has finally turned the corner from the trauma of September 11, 2001.

Speaking five days before the 10th anniversary of the attacks, the mayor described lower Manhattan's resurrection as ''one of the greatest comeback stories in American history''.

Predictions that New York couldn't recover from the impact of the attacks had been proved wrong, he said.

''New York has come roaring back faster than anyone thought possible.'' According to Mr Bloomberg, the half-finished World Trade Centre office project at the site of the destroyed twin towers is the core of an increasingly vibrant neighbourhood, which now has the highest residential population since the 1920s.

He said that top-flight companies re-entering the area, as well as families settling there, had shown their faith in the city.

They came ''knowing that the area would remain a terrorist target, but they refused to live in fear and they knew that New York has the finest police department in the world''.

The main tower at the new World Trade Centre will reach 541 metres, becoming the tallest building in the country when completed. Tower two will be slightly shorter and towers three and four will be shorter still.

A memorial consisting of two sunken fountains has been installed where the twin towers stood and will be opened on Sunday.

''We will never forget the devastation of the area that came to be known as ground zero - never,'' Mr Bloomberg said.

''But the time has come to call those 16 acres what they are: the World Trade Centre and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.''

AFP

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