USA! Inside Lower Manhattan’s Amazing Post-9/11 Rebound

Lower Manhattan has become a boomtown since the terrorist attacks on 9/11, with the population growing and the economy thriving, according to a report released Tuesday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

The number of residents has more than doubled from 22,700 in 2000 to 49,000 in 2014.

The number of kids has nearly tripled.

And with the 15th anniversary of the attacks approaching, worries that downtown Manhattan would become a ghost town have evaporated.

There are 28 hotels filled with visitors — and another 10 on the drawing boards. Before the World Trade Center towers fell, the neighborhood had just six hotels.

“The terrorists clearly did not win. If their message was that downtown Manhattan would be devastated, that it would be a place that people would be afraid to come to visit or to live, you know, just the opposite [happened],” said DiNapoli.