When I go to work in the morning, I normally walk by the September 11 Memorial and Museum site in Manhattan.
Today, security blocked off the gate I usually use because family members of those killed in the Sept. 11 attacks were using it to get to a remembrance ceremony.
Sometimes, people in New York seem to get angry about the idea of vendors hawking World Trade Center souvenirs at or near the memorial site.
On the one hand, of course, there’s something jarring about the idea of turning such a terrible event into a revenue stream.
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On the other hand: The people who died in the attack were not, generally, drifters who sat around waiting for passersby to put alms in their bowls. Thousands were stockbrokers, traders, retail store workers and insurance brokers.
They worked in buildings built by developers and building managers who were part of the World Trade Centers Association (WTCA).
The WTCA represents the idea that creating long-term, ethical, respectful domestic and international trading relationships can help the traders make money while making the world a little better.