In its earliest existence Hudson-Bergen Light Rail ran
under the spell of the World Trade Center, just across the Hudson in
Manhattan. That period was brief, lasting about one year and five
This view is from along Essex St. in Jersey City, and dates
to June, 2000. Those intensely tall skyscrapers in the
background were never anyone's ideal for anything, but who could
have possibly imagined how much they would be missed after the
events of the next year?
What we once thought of as permanent and in its own way matter-of-fact
-- it was
not. And any similar thoughts we may have about anything that
currently surrounds us -- nevermore, any sense of certainty or
And nothing is as it once was. And nothing after that
September 11th will ever be quite the same as it was once before. Never again.