The day was rainy and damp. The mournful melody of “America the Beautiful” emanated from the flute of a lone musician, while a few vendors sold packets of World Trade Center pictures from makeshift tables over public garbage cans. Visitors wandered vacantly past large plaques showing scenes of the World Trade Center being built in stages over time. More interesting were the comments people had written on these plaques—dedications to lost friends, condolences to the city, or urgings toward war. One figure, who we’ll call John, drew our attention as he began to loudly point out the exact spot where each of the seven World Trade Center buildings used to stand. A small crowd of tourists and New Yorkers gathered around this former WTC tour guide, desperate for some vision of what the site once held. Because of the spatial confusion caused by sixteen acres of empty space, many people found it difficult to imagine just how the towers stood. How tall were they, really? Where did they stand? How did it feel to walk between them?
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