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On July 6, over 500 victims' relatives and rescue workers gathered at the Jacob Javits Center to honor those who died on 9/11. Among those who died was my husband, John "Pepe" Salerno, a Schreiber graduate.

Earlier in the month over 1,000 people packed an auditorium at Pace University for the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation's first public hearing on the rebuilding of the site and the creation of a lasting memorial.

Clearly, many people - from all walks of life - want to be deeply involved in the planning process for lower Manhattan and the creation of a Sept. 11 memorial. And they can be. On July 20, under the auspices of the Civic Alliance to Rebuild Downtown New York, up to 5,000 residents of New York City and the surrounding region will gather at the Jacob Javits Center in a 21st Century town hall meeting entitled "Listening to the City."

At this historic event, they will discuss critical issues regarding the redevelopment of the region and voice their comments on up to six options for the World Trade Center site and surrounding areas presented by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The Civic Alliance is making a concerted effort to encourage residents and workers, survivors and families of victims, emergency and rescue workers, business and property owners, citizens and civic leaders to participate by calling 1-800-862-3154 or visiting www.listeningtothecity.org.

The magnitude of 9/11 demands a new kind of democracy in the decision-making process. "Listening to the City" is an imaginative way to accomplish this goal. I urge you to join me in participating in this historic event.

Danielle Salerno


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