“One hundred and three months since 9/11. Today I was part of a group that toured Ground Zero.
WARNING: No pictures or film you are about to see will do Ground Zero justice. The project is too enormous. It makes you feel like a beetle scrabbling through several square miles of clockwork.
Feelings like that can’t be put into pictures. You feel them in your bones.
Our tour guide was Steve, an engineer with three decades in large-scale project planning.
What does that mean, I ask.
Steve was one of those guys who helped plan the Airlink shuttle connecting New York City’s subway line to JFK International airport.
If you live in Manhattan and use JFK, you know how important that shuttle link is. JFK used to be ‘the inaccessible airport.’ Now you can get there as easy as buying a Metrocard. Thanks to guys like Steve, the Airlink opened under budget and under time. And people use JFK a lot more instead of calling it names.
‘That project cost $2 billion,’ says Steve. ‘The World Trade Center is . . . well, it’s much more.’
WARNING: Steve has a gift for understatement. Beware of humble men wearing hard hats. Squint at them when they shrug off your praise. Planning construction isn’t easy. Guys like Steve make it look like it is. They’re magicians pulling doves from their sleeves. Some men are born to greatness. Some achieve it. Some draw up blueprints and build it.
Enter the site. You’ll know when you’re there. Through the tall security fence. Neon vests and hardhats required, and you’d better wear sturdy footwear…