How Hallowed?

by Chris Bodenner

A reader writes:

If the World Trade Center site is such a sacred place, then why are we allowing a for-profit office complex to be erected on it?  Did we move the USS Arizona because it took up valuable dock space?  (Maybe someone will open a coffee shop on the first floor called Hallowed Grounds.) Also, I assume the new complex will have toilets and that they will be used. Talk about disrespectful.

Here is the most thorough accounting I've seen of all the strip clubs, sex shops, bars, liquor stores, and other less-than-sacred establishments within three blocks of Ground Zero. Daryl Lang snapped a bunch of commercialized scenes around the site and concludes:

The people who live and work here are not obsessed with 9/11. The blocks around Ground Zero are like every other hard-working neighborhood in New York, where Muslims are just another thread of the city fabric.