Planned, designed, and operated by the bi-state agency The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the World Trade Center was a true “city within a city” with a population of some 50,000 tenants, and up to 80,000 visitors daily. The autonomy that characterized the creation of the complex and the engineers’ culture of the PANYNJ is explored in this evening’s panel which focuses on the operation of the complex over three decades.
Angus Kress Gillespie is a Fulbright professor and teaches American Studies at Rutgers University. Gillespie is also the author of Twin Towers: The Life of New York City s Trade Center and the coauthor of Looking for America on the New Jersey Turnpike (both Rutgers University Press).
Charles Maikish was former Director of the World Trade Department between 1991-1996.
Robert DiChiara was former Assistant Director of the World Trade Department between 1991-1997.
Alan Reiss was the Director of the World Trade Department through 2001.