People who live and work in the neighborhood surrounding the World Trade Center site have followed the progress, or lack of progress, in rebuilding for nine years now. And, as NY1's Roger Clark discovered, their thoughts on the development are as diverse as the city itself.
LaRue Gibson says that he is not surprised that it is taking so long to rebuild at the site of the September 11th terrorist attacks.
"I was here on 9/11. I've been coming here for years and years and years. It seems like they are working all the time,” Gibson says. “I just feel like it takes the time that it takes, It's a big endeavor."
But there are others who live and work downtown who are not as patient and understanding.
"It's a national disgrace, it really is,” said another New Yorker. “And the politics that went into that, it makes us fools around the world."
"It looks like they are milking it to me,” said a third. “It don't look like anything's happening. It's moving so slow."
"There's no progression, everyday it looks the same basically,” added yet another.
Some, however, say they do see progress, especially in recent months.
"Now at least you see movement. Once they put the trees in the Ground Zero, in the waterfall area, it's starting to look like something,” said a local. “It's starting to come together, so hopefully they'll get it done quickly."
"So little was done was done for such a long time, then all of a sudden so much happened so quickly,” agreed another. “I don't know if it's a political reason or not, but there was a gap in between the progress, but now it is going so quickly."
There is also the opinion that any large-scale project is going to take time.
"I see examples of other buildings and other developments that have taken as long or longer,” opined a New Yorker.
That New Yorker, who said she was downtown on 9/11, said she just wants it all to be done so things can truly get back to normal again.