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Construction Of Freedom Tower Begins At World Trade Center Site

NEW YORK - APRIL 27: Ground Zero as an excavator descends into the site where the new Freedom Tower will be built April 27, 2006 in New York City. More than four years after the September 11 attacks destroyed the Twin Towers, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey authorized a deal with developer Larry Silverstein to begin construction of the Freedom Tower. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

‘Freedom Tower’ rises from Ground Zero

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.