As It Once Was

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 months. 

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 permanence.

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. 

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