Mary L. Clark


This essay highlights two critical understandings gained from examining the rise, fall, and subsequent reconstruction of the World Trade Center through the lens of personhood theory: (1) that proponents of personhood theory have failed to appreciate the significant potential for self-constitution and self-expression contained within commercial property ownership and use; and (2) that the post-9/J1 decision to leave undeveloped the 'footprinted" land underlying the original World Trade Center towers represents a decommodification (withdrawal from market) of some of the most valuable real estate in the world in explicit recognition of the personhood attachments of those who died there that day.



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