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The Memorial. "People talk a lot about the "healing process." Well, this is New York. In the aftermath of a tragedy of monumental proportions, the healing process has been noisy and rude, with elbows out, redolent of greed, power, and the darker forces that drive human existence. And most of the shouting has been about how to make a fitting monument to what happened here. But in a hundred years, all the shouting and all the politics will be forgotten. What will be remembered is what is built here, now, on these sixteen acres."Single page version
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This is Scott Raab's seventh installment of "The Rebuilding,
" covering the construction and politics surrounding the rise of the new World Trade Center.
1) "The Foundation,"
2) "The Engineers,"
3) "The Blasters,"
4) "The Steel,"
June 2007 / (Single page version
5) "Of Time and the Freedom Tower,"
September 2008 / (Single page version
6) "Good Days at Ground Zero,"
October 2010 / (Single page version
In addition, as an addendum to the story, Esquire is running a special feature: What We Saw: 9/11 Remembered
"You could argue that every issue of Esquire (and most other means of expression in America) since then has been influenced by the effects of that morning. But in a literal sense, we published scores of major stories that arose entirely as a consequence of September 11. Many of them great stories, some of them among the greatest this magazine has ever published. To mark the tenth anniversary of the wrenching start to this era, we assembled this mosaic of fragments from almost forty of those stories. One set of tracks in the impossibly long road behind us."