Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON — Anyplace else, the scarred concrete steps would be an eyesore. At ground zero on Sept. 11, 2001, they were a last chance for escape. Now they stand as the last surviving above-ground piece of the World Trade Center.
The 'Survivors Staircase,' as the steps are known, was named one of the nation's most endangered historic places Wednesday, along with whole swaths of New Orleans and Mississippi damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
By singling out the staircase and sections of the South, the National Trust for Historic Preservation seeks to preserve areas hardest hit by the two biggest American disasters of this decade. Katrina, noted Trust president Richard Moe, 'damaged more historic homes than any event in the history of the country.'"