(Ian Ritter is national online editor for GlobeSt.com/RETAIL.)

NEW YORK CITY-Only days after the fifth anniversary of the 9/11terrorist attacks, real estate professionals pondered the future ofDowntown Manhattan at Real Estate Media's Fifth Annual RealShareNew York conference, at the Roosevelt Hotel. Most speakers at theevent agreed that things Downtown are changing for the better.

"There is no doubt that our city has made a remarkable reboundsince the terrorists ripped the heart out of Lower Manhattan," saidMichael Desiato, group publisher and editorial director of RealEstate Media, which publishes GlobeSt.com and Real EstateForum. He points out that the biggest problem executives arecurrently having is finding more deals to get done.

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