The World Trade Center, commonly referred to as the Twin Towers, represented economic and military strength, according to National Geographic. On Sept. 11, 2001, the Twin Towers were attacked by Taliban terrorists.
The World Trade Center, prior to the 2001 attacks, was a hub of economic prosperity, housing tenants including Morgan Stanley and the Lehman Bros., among many others. Due to the affluence of the tenants, the Twin Towers represented the elite and powerful, National Geographic reported just days after the attack. The World Trade Center was considered by many as the financial hub of the country. The towers may have also been seen to symbolize America's imperialism and international influence by those who viewed them with disdain. Structurally, the sleek design of the crystalline and metal towers boasted the prosperity and achievement in America.
In 2014, One World Trade Center opened on the site of the former Twin Towers. The new building, standing at 1,776 feet, is a symbol of renewal and hope in New York City. The 104-story building was designed to be the safest commercial building in the world and connects to the NYC subway line. The design is simple and timeless, representing the tradition of American prosperity in construction. Among the building's first tenants was publishing giant Condé Nast.