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Bloomberg nixes use of 'Ground Zero'

Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants New Yorkers to move away from saying "Ground Zero."

Do not use the words “Ground Zero” any longer, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said this morning.

The mayor, in an address to the Association for a Better New York, lauded how Lower Manhattan has bounced back from the days following Sept. 11 when officials worried about a mass exodus of businesses and residents from the area around the still-smoldering pile.

But now, Bloomberg said, One World Trade Center is visible from around the city, and two footprints with water streaming in around the names of 9/11 victims are prepared to open Sunday.

“We will never forget the devastation of the area that came to be known as Ground Zero,” Bloomberg said. “But now the time has come for us to call those 16 acres what they are – the World Trade Center and the September 11th Memorial and Museum.”

The tower's rising defeated a challenge of being built in “the most complex construction site in the world,” he said, with two railroads underneath and a decade of redesigns.

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