New York is a city in the northeastern region of the United States. It is the most populous city in the United States and the centre of the New York metropolitan area, the most populous areas in the world. It has a population of 8.1 million. New York is the home of the United Nations headquarters, which makes it an important centre for international diplomacy. It is also known as the finance and cultural centre of the world due to its influence in the world of fashion, art, commerce, technology, education and media (Louis, 2002). New York is made up of five boroughs: The Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island, each of these boroughs comprise of a state county.
The September 11 bombings also referred to as the 9/11, saw the city come to a stop and almost brought down to ashes by the Al-Qaeda militia group. Thousands were killed in the attacks, thousands were left disabled and thousands lost their loved ones. The whole world watched as the city came crumbling down to the ground. The site where the bombings took place was set aside to remember those who lost their lives. A monumental stone was build, the names of those who lost their lives were engraved on the stone, and each year the world remembers them in a special way.
The sad and growing disarray at ground zero has been broadcasted all over the world; the people of New York are beginning to protest the stasis and the political efforts and decision-making. The question of who should be in control of this sacred and significant of sites contributes to the lack of progress and the sense that things are not headed in the right direction (Anderson, 1995). The enormity and the aftermath of the 9/11 events require more time and effort to overcome and the public have to understand that politics is needed to drive this process. The mayor of New York City Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former president George W. Bush of prominent leaders vowed to rebuild the World Trade Centre site. A number of top architects submitted their designs but one was chosen and the construction was underway, it is expected to be complete in the year 2014.
This will open up business opportunities and the city will have once again access to trading with its neighboring nations, thanks to the transport authority that is building a hub expected to be close to the size of Grand Central, thus giving New York an opportunity to compete with the rest of the world. Finally, New York can go back to being the influential city that it was before the attacks, and maybe someday life will go back to being normal and free of fear. Advocacy planning is not turning out to be fruitful, for example, Muslims want a mosque built at ground zero. The advocates, they take it as an insult and they will grant no such request on sacred ground.
They will not succeed in wiping out Muslims, because Muslims are already a big part of the world trade centre and its neighborhood. Political influence has enabled to bring the city back on its feet and back on track, it is improved. The number of tourists has increased over the last couple of years; they come to visit bombsite, the museum and to see plays and dances and others come to trade. This is all thanks to the efforts of the government and the cooperation of the public.
Anderson, K. J., & Carter, C. (1995). Ground zero. New York, NY: Harper Prism.
Louis, N. (2002). Ground Zero. Edina, MN: ABDO Pub. Co.