Terror Tomorrow

The Story

Last week’s terror attack in Lower Manhattan has raised questions about New York City’s defenses. Experts agree that stopping individual terrorists is extraordinarily difficult. But the city must take additional steps regarding safety, awareness, and resolve to make such attacks harder to pull off.   

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Bollards: Crash barriers and other forms of new street architecture, designed to make attacks more difficult, have become familiar parts of the city’s scenery. Read more.

  2. Rhetoric: Local officials give lip service to “strength” and “resiliency” without addressing the specifics of the terrorist threat. Read more.

  3. Rebound: Following the 9/11 attacks, planners expected downtown to empty out, but private citizens continued to move there and help the area to thrive. Read more.

“Saipov saw the unmistakable signs of life in Lower Manhattan. To him, it was an opportunity for mayhem. Fortunately, for many more people, it represents just plain, old-fashioned opportunity.”

Steven Malanga, Manhattan Institute senior fellow

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

Earth to Ivory Tower: Get Real! By Harry Stein and Kay S. Hymowitz (Autumn 2001)

“We’ll lose the war on terror if the political and cultural Left succeeds in sapping our resolve.”