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Last month, more than 5,000 people came together to make a difference in the city that they love. Total strangers sat with each other at diversely assembled tables and over the course of a day shared their stories and emotions, puzzled over plans and the challenges facing this city and our region, and pondered how to create a suitable and moving memorial for those who lost their lives on September 11. Unlike public hearings or traditional town hall meetings, at these forums everyone had a chance to speak and everyone had a chance to listen.
We are proud to present you with this Report of Proceedings for Listening to the City and the Online Dialogues. In many regards Listening to the City was successful beyond our wildest hopes. The sheer number of people who chose to donate their valuable time to shape the future of Lower Manhattan, the attention paid to the meeting by the media, and the initial positive steps by decision makers and official agencies in response to Listening to the City has validated the work we put into hosting these meetings.
In this report you will find an account of the rich dialogue that took place at Listening to the City, polling results from questions asked at the forums, photos of participants, and information on next steps. Each participant contributed to what is contained in these pages and we thank each and every one of you who contributed to the forum. Thank you for reading.