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People should stop calling the site of the September 11 attacks ‘Ground Zero,’ New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said today, urging Americans to move past a term long linked with the World Trade Center’s twin towers destruction.

‘We will never forget the devastation of the area that came to be known as ground zero. Never. But the time has come to call those 16 acres what they are: The World Trade Center and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum,’ Bloomberg said in a speech on the rebuilding of lower Manhattan.

Ground Zero originated as a term to describe the site of a nuclear explosion and later was used to refer to the point of any dramatic or violent event.

Taking a tour: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, right, shows Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, left, the World Trade Center 9/11 Memorial in New York today

New Yorkers started calling the World

Trade Center site Ground Zero shortly after suicide hijackers destroyed

the twin towers and killed nearly 3,
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000 people.

For several years the site was also

known as ‘the pit’ because reconstruction of a new World Trade Center

was stalled, leaving a large hole in the ground. But today it is an

active construction site with two of four planned skyscrapers under

construction and the memorial plaza set to open in time for the 10th

anniversary of the attacks.

Bloomberg noted that lower Manhattan

has thrived in recent years since the fall of the twin towers, gaining

4,000 new school seats, 19 new hotels, $260million in new parks and more new residents in the past decade than Atlanta, Dallas, andThe area now boasts its highest population since the 1920s,
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he said.