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It almost didn’t happen. The economy tanked not long after Obama’s first visit; skeptics branded the Freedom Tower a white elephant and predicted a forest of empty office towers downtown.
There have been casualties. Developer Larry Silverstein has mothballed plans for a 1,270-foot Tower 2, which would have risen higher than the Empire State Building. He’s also delaying his 1,137-foot Tower 3.
After a lengthy feud, Silverstein and the Port Authority hammered out a financing deal. Now, his 64-story, 975-foot Tower?4?- which was below street level in 2008?- has soared to 23 floors, or 355 feet.
The centerpiece of the hallowed 16-acre site?- the 9/11 Memorial?- was unrecognizable in 2008: The reflecting pools hadn’t been finished, and the twin voids where the north and south towers once stood had yet to take shape.
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