New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli issued a new report on Tuesday detailing the ways in which Lower Manhattan has grown and changed since September 11, 2001.
According to the Comptroller’s findings, the population of Lower Manhattan has doubled since 2001, growing from 22,700 to 49,000, and the number of children in the area has tripled. 30,000 housing units are available in the area, more than double the stock available in 2001. As the rebuilding has progressed, the local economy has changed, the report says. The area has become much more residential as older office buildings have been converted to residential use and new towers are completed. The streets are filled with young professionals and growing families.
Small business employment, health care employment, and private sector employment are also on the rise in this area, Freedom Tower is up and the reconstruction plan for the rest of the World Trade Center site is underway.