The World Trade Center is an integral part of the fabric that binds the Lower Manhattan community, a place where people will be able to work, visit, shop or simply use as a passageway to get from one place to another.
That's why we've taken the initiative to keep local residents, businesses and visitors plugged in to the rebuilding effort. And that's why we're undertaking an aggressive program to maintain the quality of life for those who live and work around the site during this rebuilding through a series of initiatives -- many of which were recommended by you and your fellow residents and co-workers.
Here's what we've done to make the World Trade Center experience a bit more pleasant during the rebuilding effort and to provide you with as much information as we can about what we're doing.
- Opened a new Office of Program Logistics to communicate regularly and openly with the residents, businesses and public officials of Lower Manhattan.
- Launched this Web site to provide the public with all-inclusive information on the rebuilding effort.
- Started "Ask the PA" -- in which top rebuilding officials will answer questions from the public about the various projects.
- Created WTC Updates, to provide notification about progress happening on the site.
- Replaced the fence surrounding construction site with a wrapping of designs depicting the current progress on the site and what it will look like when it is rebuilt.
- Installed signs around the site informing illegal vendors that they are not allowed to sell merchandise around the site, and we've asked our police to step up enforcement efforts.
- Widened and repaved the Liberty Street sidewalk to make it easier for pedestrians to walk through that area.