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Rebuilding in New York City after 9/11

by Enrico Manetta

Enrico Manetta, the president of Manetta Enterprises, Inc., in Maspeth, New York, has more than 15 years of experience in real estate development and commercial construction. Shortly after the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001, Enrico Manetta led a team of 30 people in efforts to replace damaged electrical distribution infrastructure in New York City.
Rebuilding affected parts of New York after 9/11 was a significant physical, logistical, and emotional undertaking. Cleanup crews were still gathering debris more than a year after 9/11, and New Yorkers were at odds over how to use the empty space at Ground Zero. City officials eventually decided to move forward with erecting a new World Trade Center. More than 100 construction companies and subcontractors as well as a handful of government agencies participated in this process.
People had the opportunity to submit design plans for the new World Trade Center in mid-2002. The city selected architect Daniel Libeskind's design, which included a 1,776-foot-tall structure named the Freedom Tower. Officials held a separate competition for memorial ideas. A display with two large waterfalls, reflecting pools, and parapets containing the names of more than 3,000 9/11 victims now occupies the spots where the World Trade Center towers once stood.
The Freedom Tower was finished in November 2014 and renamed One World Trade Center. It is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
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