As we honor the thousands murdered, it's also important for lovers of liberty to reflect on what didn’t happen after 9/11. Especially in New York. Conventional wisdom was, as the New York Times puts it below, New York would become a fortress city. Some of us worried that there would be a suffocating police presence, checkpoints and other features of martial law. But today, thankfully life goes on much the way it did on 9/10.
That's a testament to the resilience of America.
New York would become a fortress city, choked by apprehension and resignation, forever patrolled by soldiers and submarines. Another attack was coming. And soon. Tourists? Well, who would ever come again? Work in one of the city's skyscrapers? Not likely. The Fire Department, gutted by 343 deaths, could never recuperate.
...The wisdom of the day after was that New York would never again bunch together important institutional nerve centers, binding them together in vulnerability. On Sept. 11, American Express had its headquarters at the southwest corner of West and Vesey Streets. It is still there. Since then, Verizon has settled its headquarters into the northeast corner. Goldman Sachs has assumed the northwest. All that's missing is the southeast corner. That will be filled by the tallest building in America.
... on North Moore it is cars in, cars out, just as before. "I never thought things would be the same again," he said. "But, man, I was wrong. We came back strong."
- Pre-October 2009