Saturday, April 28, 2012

As of this Monday, April 30, One WTC will Officially be the Tallest Building in the Western Hemisphere

Officially, construction of One World Trade Center began six years ago.  As someone who travels through that site on a daily basis, it sure seem much more recent since discernable work began.  In any case, here's what the site looked like in September '09 and in September '11:

Three quarters of a century ago, one of my father's brothers was part of the army of construction workers who completed the Empire State Building - in just one year!  Backers of the Empire State Building were in  fierce competition with backers of the Chrysler Building (just a few blocks away) - both vying for the distinction of the World's Tallest Building.

Along with absolute pride, Monday will bring a certain bittersweetness, in that NYC - & the USA generally - no longer even comes close to the distinction of being the World's Tallest Building (One World Trade Center is just two or three blocks from the Woolworth Building, which - at one time - held the distinction of being the World's Tallest Building.).  Yet, the rise of One World Trade Center is a magnificent comeback story.

P.S. When I spotted this (just this past month), I could not resist reaching for my cell phone camera.  It shows portopotties being lowered from the top of the construction site....

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I am an enormously blessed husband and dad. In regard to my Catholic theological background, I have a certificate in social ministry & a master's degree (moral theology concentration), as well as a catechetical diploma from the Vatican's Sacred Congregation for the Clergy (Nope, I am not now - nor have I have ever been - a seminarian, deacon, or priest.). I feel particularly proud to have a mandatum. I also have a doctorate in Christian counseling psychology.

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