"...This really is a cause that ties into
our mission word for word in regard to patients inflicted
with these diseases. It's important to let the public know there
are certain situations and diseases that require people to use
the restroom unexpectedly...."
Robert J. Milanchus Crohn's
and Colitis Foundation The
a major problem," said city Commissioner Dan Dwyer.
"We spend a lot of time and energy promoting our downtown
-- then when people get here, there's no place for them to use
the bathroom. Most of our downtown events are geared toward
families, and people who have small children need to be able to
get to a bathroom quickly."
The Detroit News
"Visitors frustrated by lack of facilities
New York City ... In the early 1900s, the city accepted the need for public toilets in parks.
... By 1940, subway stations offered 1,676 public toilets that were inspected weekly.
But in the middle of the twentieth century, the state of the city's toilets
plummeted... ...Currently, about 1,100 comfort stations are available in the city's 1,500
parks.. In the city's 468 subway stations, only 78 restrooms remain available to the public...
Gotham Gazette "Public Toilets" 7/15/01
has 7,700 public toilets scattered in streets, resident areas and scenic spots. An official with the city administration committee said that the ultimate objective of the government is to help travelers find toilets within an 8-minute walk in business areas...
China Economic Net "Beijing opens toilets in commercial units to relieve shortage"
Director Goldsmith said ... restrooms are "not economically sensible,"
... and "not a core service" such as public sanitation.
Councilman DiCicco countered, "It IS public sanitation." Both men admitted that middle age had given them a new sense of urgency regarding urination.
"At your advanced age of 57!" quipped Councilman David Cohen. "Think of it from my advanced age of 89."
..."South Street, he said, is the city's second most
visited tourist area ... "yet there are no public
facilities available for all these tourists."
The Philadelphia Daily News "Potty daydreams
... Council takes aim at public-toilet issue"
Long Island, NY ...clean public toilets are clearly a better option than people using the public as a toilet....
Letter to Newsday "Why the fear?"
IL ...Merchants feel the brunt of the need. "There are always people asking where the public washrooms are on a daily basis,"... ... About once a year, village employees have explain the law to some merchants after people complain they were denied bathroom use...
Chicago Daily Herald 'At last, downtown Geneva visitors will have place to go'