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 +The significance of the [[September 11 attacks]] resides in the symbolic meaning of the buildings attacked. The [[World Trade Center (1973–2001) |World Trade Center]] represents [[American financial power]] and [[the Pentagon]] represents [[American military power]]. --Sholem Stein
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-The '''World Trade Center''' in [[New York City]] (sometimes informally referred to as the '''WTC''' or the '''Twin Towers''') was a complex of seven buildings in [[Lower Manhattan]], mostly designed by American architect [[Minoru Yamasaki]] and engineer [[Leslie Robertson]] and developed by the [[Port Authority of New York and New Jersey]]. It was initiated in 1960 by a Lower Manhattan Association created and chaired by [[David Rockefeller]], who had the original idea of building the Center, with strong backing from the then-[[Governor of New York|New York governor]], his brother [[Nelson Rockefeller]].<ref>[http://select.nytimes.com/search/restricted/article?res=F00813FC345B0C7B8CDDA00894DA404482 The Height of Ambition], ''[[New York Times]]'' September 8, 2002.</ref> The World Trade Center, New York, like most all World Trade Centers located around the globe, belonged to the family of [[World Trade Centers Association]]. [[Larry Silverstein]] held the most recent lease to the complex, the Port Authority having leased it to him in July 2001.<ref>{{cite press release |publisher=[[Port of New York and New Jersey]]|date=[[July 21]],[[2001]] | url=http://www.panynj.gov/pr/pressrelease.php3?id=80 | title=Governor Pataki, Acting Governor DiFrancesco Laud Historic Port Authority Agreement To Privatize World Trade Center}}</ref> The complex, located in the heart of New York City's downtown financial district, contained 13.4 million square feet (1.24 million m²) of office space, almost four percent of Manhattan's entire office inventory at that time.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.buildings.com/Articles/detail.asp?ArticleID=341 |author=Buildings.com |title= Four Percent of Manhattan's Total Office Space Was Destroyed in the World Trade Center Attack}}</ref> +The '''World Trade Center''' in [[New York City]] (sometimes informally referred to as the '''WTC''' or the '''Twin Towers''') was a complex of seven buildings in [[Lower Manhattan]], mostly designed by American architect [[Minoru Yamasaki]] and engineer [[Leslie Robertson]]. All of the original buildings in the complex were destroyed in the [[September 11, 2001 attacks]].
-Best known for its iconic 110-story twin towers, the World Trade Center was beset by a fire on [[February 13]], [[1975]] and [[World Trade Center bombing|a bombing]] on [[February 26]], [[1993]]. Despite the first two disasters, the World Trade Center was a part of New York City's identity and was recognized all over the world as an icon for the [[United States of America]].+:See ''[[world]], [[trade]], [[center]]''.
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-All of the original buildings in the complex were destroyed in the [[September 11, 2001 attacks]]. [[List of tenants in One World Trade Center|One World Trade Center]] (1 WTC) and [[List of tenants in Two World Trade Center|Two World Trade Center]] (2 WTC)&mdash;the North Tower and South Tower, respectively, collapsed, as did [[7 World Trade Center]] (7 WTC).+
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-The [[Marriott World Trade Center]] (3 WTC) was crushed by the collapses of 1 WTC and 2 WTC. [[4 World Trade Center]] (4 WTC), [[5 World Trade Center]] (5 WTC), and [[6 World Trade Center]] (6 WTC) were damaged beyond repair and later demolished. In addition, [[St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church]] (not part of the complex) was destroyed by the collapse of 2 WTC; the [[Deutsche Bank Building]] was damaged beyond repair and is currently being deconstructed.+
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The World Trade Center in New York City (sometimes informally referred to as the WTC or the Twin Towers) was a complex of seven buildings in Lower Manhattan, mostly designed by American architect Minoru Yamasaki and engineer Leslie Robertson. All of the original buildings in the complex were destroyed in the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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