History of lower Manhattan


What the skyscraper represented


The turning point on 9/11




Urban life under siege


The urban future




 "The largest city in the United States, the financial capital of the

world, was virtually closed down. Transportation into Manhattan was halted, as was much of public transport within the city. Parts of Lower Manhattan were without power. Major stock exchanges closed. Primary elections for mayor and other city offices were cancelled. Thousands of workers, released from their offices in Lower Manhattanbut with no way to get home except by foot, set off in vast streams,down the avenues and across the bridges under a beautiful, clear sky,accompanied by the unceasing serenade of sirens." New York Times, 9/12/01


The Lewis Mumford Center, UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY, offers this website in memory of those whose lives were lost in the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001



Message from the Director   




Contributors: "This web site was developed as a team effort by the Mumford Center staff, with special contributions by Deirdre Oakley and Jin-wook Lee".









"Cities are a product of time. By the diversity of its time structures, the city in part escapes the tyranny of a single present, and the monotony of a future that consists of repeating only a single beat heard in the past..."

 -- Lewis Mumford, Culture of Cities, 1938