Should They Be Rebuilt?

Recovering human remains and removing the mountain of debris in lower Manhattan will be an enormous, grim and time-consuming job, but at least there is no doubt about what needs to be done. Once the area has been cleared, the next step is far less certain. Should the World Trade Center be rebuilt, as Mayor Giuliani seemed to promise last week? Or should the 16-acre site be turned into a memorial for the thousands who perished there?

At this point, no one at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owned the buildings, is prepared to make any...

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