Oops! 9/11 Memorial is Missing Bathrooms

Culture/History, Travel News — By christinegarvin on June 10, 2011 at 3:16 pm

It may sound a bit odd (at least, it does to us), but it looks like the 9/11 memorial in lower Manhattan isn’t going to have any toilets, according to Australian News.com.

That’s right – the eight-acre plaza, which will be made up of two large reflecting pools and cascading waterfalls – will have zero options of how to complete the circle of life of that Starbucks latte. You will have to instead run over to the Century 21 department store across the street.

Considering the memorial will have the names of the 2,982 victims of the World Trade Center attacks inscribed on bronze panels around the reflecting pools, it’ll take a bit of time to make it around the whole thing. And no, there will be no porta-potties.

Image: geopungo/Flickr

How could this happen? Well, to be fair, the museum that will be located next to the memorial will have bathrooms. But that doesn’t open until next year. Memorial officials believe it’s imperative that the memorial be opened on time to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the attacks – even if it’s sans bathrooms.

The rush to get the memorial up a full TEN YEARS after the attack is pretty surprising to us. How could it take that long? But we know there are many public work projects that take significantly longer than expected to get off the ground. We admit this is far less scary than the 10-year delay on building a new bridge between San Francisco and Oakland, since it is reported that the current one would never make it through a big earthquake.

All in all, we know the lack of bathrooms at the 9/11 memorial isn’t the end of the world. We agree the memorial should be built as soon as possible, and although annoying, a lack of bathrooms is by no means a life or death situation (San Francisco commuters, we’re looking at you).

Tags: 9/11 Memorial, france, museum faux pas, Natural History Museum, New York City, SF Bay Bridge

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