It’s not all bad news, though. Despite the AWOL ticket holders, tens of thousands of people are still visiting the site each week.
Even with all the no-shows, the memorial has already attracted more than 500,000 visitors in its first two months, with about 10,000 visitors on a typical day, [Connors said.
The nonattendance is good news for downtowners, however, who have already voiced their complains about increased traffic from tourists visiting the memorial.
The absences have been largely been attributed to mis-planning, as visitors have been required to book their visit at a specific time and date weeks in advance. Maybe it’s all those Occupy Wall Street protestors and the police pens encasing them causing problems, though The Observer suspects other issues.
You know how it goes. The service at the Times Square Ruby Tuesday’s is a little slow, you take the E to Queens inadvertently, and some crazy person demands you read a pamphlet about the impending apocalypse. Before you know it, it’s time to see that matinee performance of Wicked, and you just can’t make it downtown. Singing, dancing Wizard of Oz characters or a souped up water fountain. Really, what would you choose?