WTC’s Remake Advances


One year and one day from now, after years of sometimes anguishing delay and controversy, the World Trade Center memorial will be dedicated.

But then what?

While organizers are finally on track to open the memorial by the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack, they haven’t figured out the logistics for opening it up to the public afterward.

Challenges are manifold. The memorial, after all, is in one of the country’s biggest construction sites and what was in the past a prime terrorism target. During construction, the skyscrapers and other buildings rising on three sides will pose a safety risk for the millions of visitors who are expected to visit.

A wide number of other issues also aren’t resolved, from how visitors to the memorial will be screened to where the scores of tour buses will be parked. “It’s a matter of figuring out, within all this heavy construction, how do you get people onto the site safely and off the site safely?” said Joe Daniels, president of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, in an interview. “We don’t have all the answers yet.”

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