It’s official. One World Trade Center has now been designated the tallest building in North America; beating out the Willis Tower in Chicago.

If you’ve ever been to the top of the South Tower, you know how breathtaking the view is – and how quiet it is once outside on the observation deck.

But there has to be some skittishness over visiting the tower or working there.

Not with reminders all around of what happened on 9/11.
The memorial, the footprint, the museum, etc.

So now that the building has been given the distinction of being the nation’s tallest, are you inclined to visit? One can’t help but wonder what the view would be like at the top.

But memories abound – and they’re hard to dispel.

Or am I alone in thinking this way?

The new World Trade Center tower in New York knocked Chicago's Willis Tower off its pedestal as the nation's tallest building when an international panel of architects announced Tuesday that the needle atop the skyscraper can be counted when measuring the structure's height.

The Height Committee of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat said the needle is not an antenna but a spire, and thus is a permanent part of the building.

The needle, measuring 408 feet tall, was more than enough to confirm Chicago is the Second City when it comes to tall buildings.

With the needle, 1 World Trade Center is a symbolically important 1,776 feet tall. Without it, the building would have been only 1,368 feet tall — well short of the 1,451-foot Willis Tower.

At stake was more than just bragging rights in two cities that feast on superlatives and the tourist dollars that might follow: 1 World Trade Center stands as a monument to those killed in the 9/11 attacks, and its architects had sought to capture the echo of America's founding year in the structure's height.

The building's 1,368 feet height without the needle also holds symbolism; it is the height of the original World Trade Center.

The new World Trade Center tower remains under construction and is expected to open next year.

So given the fact that we have the tallest building in the US in our midst, would you be inclined to visit or even consider working there?

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