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The ancient Fertile Crescent housed some of the oldest non-nomadic civilizations; of these the most spectacular was Babylon. Named after the Tower of Babel, Babylon was the place where God confused men's tongues after they tried to build a tower to the heavens. The name Babylon means "confusion."
The king brought
all his Chaldean soothsayers, but none could give him an
interpretation. Then the king's wife told the King about Daniel.
we have stated that modern Babylon (Babylon the Great, as referred in the Bible) is NYC. The fall of modern Babylon will be gradual, just as the fall of ancient Babylon was. Ancient Babylon did not disappear in a day, but slowly, over a period of years. It lost its influence and eventually became uninhabited.
New York and Ancient Babylon Compared
When Babylon the Great fell, it took all the world by surprise. Just like old Babylon, it was attacked in a way that was not expected. Most people looked in disbelief when they saw the first building burning. People felt dazed when the second building was hit. The whole complex fell down in one hour.
The World Trade Center was like a city within a city. Built by the New York Port Authority starting in 1966, it was completed April 4, 1973 and housed the world headquarters of many giant corporations. This hub of humanity was responsible for many financial decisions for the whole world. It really was the World trade center and New York was the Capital of the World.
After the fall of the twin towers, September 11, 2001, the fate of the city was determined. God prophesied that Babylon would fall like a millstone.
Even though the deterioration of the city is gradual, the handwriting is on the wall.
When the towers were hit, the entire city started a downward spiral. Many left the area because the air was contaminated with asbestos. Then many left because the breadwinners had died. Others left because many downtown businesses failed. By early 2003 Manhattan, a leader in high tech, had lost over 20% of its information technology jobs.
For many establishments, proximity to the fallen towers was the biggest challenge. "For ground zero businesses, there's nobody to serve," said Duane Anzalone, a co-owner of St. Charlie's Restaurant and Bar. His business was dependant on the twin towers. "We're talking about probably 100 percent of our clientele gone," Mr. Anzalone said, "How do you recover from that?" The situation was less severe for firms with customers elsewhere.
The departure of many huge companies such as American Express and Lehman Brothers caused many small businesses to fail because they were dependant on them for business.
Lehman Brothers moved 6,000 people out of the area to a Midtown building it purchase several weeks after the attack. Before 9/11, Lehman considered selling its Jersey City, NJ building. "If we'd gone down that path we'd probably be out of business." - Lehman CEO, quoted in CIO Magazine, September 1, 2002.
Many businesses that did survive relocated to other areas such as New Jersey and Boston. In fact, "81% of finance, insurance and real estate tenants whose buildings were damaged or destroyed on Sept. 11 have abandoned Downtown." NY POST 7-8-02
Rebuilding NYC is unlikely because of insufficient infrastructure (power, sewers, bridges, railroads, subways, etc). New York has frequent blackouts and there are no new power plants being built or planned for the near future. In fact, the Indian Point nuclear reactor might close if they refuse to approve evacuation plans. Lack of additional power will seriously threaten NYC growth.
Another problem hindering growth is that NY subways are antiquated, as they were built in the 1930's. They cannot sustain a modern city. The proof is that when remnants of Hurricane Frances came through NYC in 2004, three inches of rain fell, and part of the New York subway system was closed due to flooded tunnels.
Another problem is that NYC does not have rail from the port, so they are forced to use trucks. In comparison, New Jersey has a railroad from the port, and is adding a new rail system. A much better set up to attract new businesses.
Companies are complaining that taxes in New York are increasing. A new hotel tax [$1.50 a night or so] -plus- 5 percent airport car rental tax for convention center expansion makes NYC unable to compete with neighboring cities for new firms and tourism.
Prices in real estate have not gone down. This is because a flood of poor third world immigrants have caused NYC housing costs to increase to prohibitive levels. Across the Hudson River, NJ is growing at a much faster rate than NY and has lower rents.
The federal government has told stock brokerages to decentralize and move hundreds of miles away from New York City -- proof that this city is on the way down.
As the downward death spiral continues; New York City is becoming bankrupt and forced to raise taxes, increase fines, and cut services. This is a vicious circle because more businesses will have to either relocate or fail. NYC does not lend itself to growth. In fact, Europe is doing more trade with Detroit, Toronto and Montreal than with NYC.
This is what happened in old Babylon. Other cites grew and Babylon shrank. Remember, the shrinkage is gradual. You will not notice it from one day to the next, but things will continue to get worse.
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