Re: Palo Alto, CA votes to install public pay-tiolets downtown

Bonnie Briggs (s248_1132@hotmail.com)
Sat, 09 May 1998 14:02:01 PDT


>FWD  May 5, 1998  San Francisco Chronicle - Page A16
>
>
>     WHEN NATURE CALLS, PALO ALTO MAY HAVE AN ANSWER
>
>     Carolyne Zinko, Chronicle Staff Writer
>
>
>       One of the crueler signs in civilization reads: ``Bathrooms for
>Customer Use ONLY.''
>
>       But Palo Alto may soon introduce cutting-edge technology toilets 
for
>its downtown visitors who have no place to go.
>
>       The City Council unanimously voted last night to begin 
negotiations
>with JCDecaux, the maker of French self-cleaning commodes, for 
installation
>of two public toilets downtown.
>
>       A familiar sight in Europe, the kiosk-like loos are growing in
>popularity in the Bay Area. San Francisco has 20, San Jose has signed 
up
>for seven, and Berkeley is considering installing some on bustling
>Telegraph Avenue.
>
>       In Palo Alto, the toilets are intended to serve the needs of
>increasing numbers of visitors to the chic downtown, as well as those 
of
>the homeless.
>
>       At a cost of $61,500 each for installation and annual 
maintenance,
>the lavatories are not cheap.
>
>       But they are coin-operated, self-cleaning and designed to be
>accessible to the disabled. They're also open 24 hours a day.
<Big snip>

Bonnie Briggs
Hi gang,
  This is a great idea. I've seen pay toilets during my travels to the 
States. this will certainly aid the situation for tourists and parents 
with kids. However, I have one small question. What happens if the 
homeless person needs to use it, but doesn't have the money? Will they 
be forced to squirm under the door? If a homeless person can't afford a 
cup of coffee, they will certainly not be able to afford to pay for a 
toilet. Just a thought.
Bonnie

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