It’s good to be home, but I’m very glad we broadcast AirTalk from Manhattan last Thursday and Friday.
Aside from all the police on the streets after the unconfirmed terrorist threat, I didn’t detect a civic mood change in advance of Sunday’s anniversary. As you’d expect, when we broadcast from New York in December 2001, the city’s emotional trauma was obvious.
What was most touching about that visit ten years ago was seeing how much more thoughtful people were to each other in public. There seemed a greater level of casual human connection on the street, which was a great feeling coming out of the savagery of the attacks. That goodwill faded, and didn’t seem revived for the decadal anniversary. It’s probably unrealistic to expect that to continue in a city as congested as New York, but it was nice while it lasted.