‘Freedom Tower’ rises from Ground Zero

FILE - In this March 26, 2012, file photo, One World Trade Center towers above the Lower Manhattan skyline and Hudson River in New York. One World Trade Center, the giant monolith being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks, will lay claim to the title of New York City’s tallest skyscraper on Monday, April 30 as workers erect steel columns that will make its unfinished skeleton a little over 1,250 feet, just high enough to peak over the observation deck on the Empire State Building. The milestone is a preliminary one. The so-called “Freedom Tower” isn’t expected to reach its full height for at least another year, at which point it is likely to be declared the tallest building in the U.S.  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

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In the 11 years since terrorists toppled the World Trade Center’s twin towers, developers, designers, victims’ families, and politicians have pulled together to rebuild what has been dubbed “Freedom Tower.” Americans have watched as the structure, which when completed will 1,776 feet tall, rise from the ashes of Ground Zero. But the effort has not been easy. There has been much debate over the structure’s design and soaring costs, which has delayed its progress.

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