Terrorism Changes New York, For the Better
Terrorists have made their impact: a greener New York City.
I can remember, back in 1993, walking up to the World Trade Center's Twin Towers and seeing stone structures holding plants near the doors. To the average tourist, it was a nice display of the greener side of New York City.
New Yorkers knew better. This was shortly after the bombing of the World Trade Center, and the stone structures were put near the doors to discourage car bombs from getting into the building.
In a post-September 11th New York, plant-holding barricades have been put up in front of landmarks all over the city.
A few weeks ago, similar stone barriers were erected in front of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in New York City.
When seeing them for the first time, it occurred to me that terrorism has done more to "green" New York City than any other force I know.
Threats against our city have added to more plants and trees being planted in New York than actions from environmental or civics groups.
How is that for unintended outcomes?
It's a blessing to count.