Mayor Bloomberg is gearing up for this Sunday's tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks by heralding downtown's turnaround. At an Association for a Better New York breakfast this morning, he proclaimed, "As we look back on the past decade, and as the picture of what has happened here comes into sharper focus, I believe the re-birth and revitalization of Lower Manhattan will be remembered as one of the greatest comeback stories in American history. And I believe it will stand as our greatest moment to those we lost on 9/11 and to our unshakeable faith in the moral imperative of protecting and preserving a free, open, democratic society."
In his speech (which you can watch below; full text here), he also made an effort to mark a new era for the once-devastated site, "We will never forget the devastation of the area that came to be known as ‘Ground Zero.’ Never. But the time has come to call those 16 acres what they are: The World Trade Center and the National September 11th Memorial and Museum."
According to DNAinfo, "Bloomberg listed some of the figures that illustrate lower Manhattan's transformation: 4,000 new school seats, 19 new hotels, $260 million in new parks, hundreds of millions of dollars in new infrastructure and more new residents in the past 10 years than Atlanta, Dallas and Philadelphia combined."