Posted by: keegan (155 posts)
July 14, 2005 1:08 AM


I work down at the World Financial Center. I walk past Ground Zero on the way to the office. It's a pretty antiseptic desolate stretch of concrete on the south side of the pit.

Each day throngs of tourists pour through there taking their pictures in front of...nothing. I understand why they come to see it. But they come and walk through this corridor desperate for some scratch of tribute, some artifact of sympathy. There's almost nothing there. A few keychain lanyards, a few old photos duct taped to the wall, and scattered about...some crappy high school poetry. And this is what the tourists deem picture worthy.

To be clear, I am not poking fun at the grieving teen who may write said poetry. I am just commenting on the absurdity of taking a picture of it. The good news is that the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation just announced plans to open a "Tribute Visitor's Center" next to the firehouse on Liberty Street. I think this will go a long way in giving these people something worth seeing.

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I lost a family member at the WTC. All that bad poetry and the people who feel the need to photograph it just make me numb. I'm disgusted with the constant need for sentimental slobbery in this country instead of real reform (that means money) to help first responders and the masses. I only hope that in Iraq there are no "roses are red, violets are blue, I hate Saddam and the US too" ridiculous poetry boards.