Ground Zero

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Ground Zero

A quick search for ground zero in Google Earth returns several options related to the 9/11 site.

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Birds-Eye View

Here's a better aerial view of where the twin towers stood.

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From the Street

This is a street-level view of West Street along the World Trade Center site.

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Ground Zero, 2007

Here is a twilight shot of ground zero construction in 2007.

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Reconstruction Today

Here is the progress made in Ground zero reconstruction in 2011. The city has come under heavy criticism for how long it had taken to rebuild the site. The city has come under heavy criticism for how long it had taken to rebuild the site. According to a 2008 editorial in The New York Times: "Each piece—the five towers, a transit hub, the memorial to those who died on Sept. 11, 2001—must be constructed in complicated layers. Engineers have to wall off the water coming in from the Hudson River. They have to provide access for parking and utilities and bring old streets back to life. And each major step in this enormous urban development is emotionally charged as it is, after all, the site of the worst attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor.

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American Flag

The American flag flies over the site as a sign of respect for the dead.

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Ground Zero Museum

Located at 420 West 14th St., the Ground Zero Museum Workshop offers mementoes of the tragedy.

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Here is an inside view of the small, but emotionally charged museum.

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Church Street

This is a street-level view from Church Street.

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Ground Zero Returns to Life

Once the scene of catastrophic destruction, people are seen here going about their business alongside the World Trade Center construction site on Church Street.

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Remembering the Twin Towers

This is how we'd like to remember the twin towers, with the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor beyond.

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Ground Zero Tours

For those who do want to make a visit to ground zero in person, here is information on how to tour the site.

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