Near Ground Zero, a Resurgence

Stefan Pryor knows what a neighborhood back from the brink looks like. Five years ago, taking a Sunday stroll from his home near the World Trade Center meant jostling among the tourists. Today, he says, he bumps into neighbors. "There are many more residents now and a sense of community," says Pryor, president of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. "We even have a new coffee shop."

Spared the political turf war at ground zero, the surrounding areas--Wall Street, Battery Park City, Tribeca and Chinatown--have forged ahead. After 9/11, hazardous air quality and broken infrastructure pushed people out of the area in...

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