20 Pages

Back to Zero

ByMourning in America

Looking down on the still-unbuilt cavity of Ground Zero, you can see, on the massive excavation’s concrete oor, several hundred uorescent orange rubber trac cones, arranged to outline the two footprints of the vanished World Trade Towers. e frailty of this commemoration is a monument both to the excruciating incompetence of those charged with recreating the site and to the tenacity and uncertainty of memory. More than ve years aer the attack, little has been built and nal plans remain unclear.