Rethinking Our Cities in the Rebuild Era

By David Lepeska

The Atlantic Cities is exploring America's rebuilding efforts in a four-part series. This is the third installment. Don't miss parts one and two.

No rebuilding project in American history has shouldered such complex burdens of pain and loss, anger and renewal as the new World Trade Center site.

"It demonstrates how we deal with adversity,” Najib Abboud, the infrastructure resilience director at Weidlinger Associates, says in a short, Tom Hanks-narrated documentary about the project released last fall. "We're gonna use this as an opportunity to rethink what we do and how we do it and whether we can do it better."

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