After Attacks Changed the World, The Recovery Changed a City

From The Washington Post:

Nyc_1 You’re sitting in the center of the fabulousness. The stinky old Fulton Fish Market is gone, and cobblestone streets are lined with boutiques and $1 million condos with floor-to-ceiling windows, and the sky is that razor blue.

Almost like that day.

Five years ago, this neighborhood in downtown Manhattan, a few blocks from the twin towers, was covered in half a foot of gray ash. Now, Jason Lowney, 28, and Patrick Darragh, 24, down drinks and talk that emphatic guy talk, and Sept. 11 feels pretty distant. “People thought downtown would be a ghost town,” says Lowney, a husky and dark-haired insurance adjuster. “I think it’s stronger .”

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