Wizcat, I have a whole range of thoughts and emotions on this. I was lucky in not losing anyone I know personally, although I did know some Windows people by reputation. If it's okay with you, I'd rather not go into it publicly.
As for the neighborhood, everything is sort of back to "normal" (whatever that is) and has been for a long time. But people have very strong feelings about what should or should not be built in the future, which may make a difference in what happens -- provided the Powers That Be (aka the Port Authority and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation) listen to what the PEOPLE are all saying, contradictory though it may be.
No one could believe it then. No one can believe it still. But it happened.
"Notorious stickler" -- The New York Times, January 4, 2004