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(NBC Philadelphia)   Philadelphia unveils new public (sh)art at 15th and Arch   (nbcphiladelphia.com) divider line
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TWX
2022-09-22 11:50:18 PM  
If the upper part of the walls is as open as that looks, then that is an absolutely horrible design in an era when drones are commonplace and buildings in the vicinity may have more than one floor.
 
2022-09-22 11:53:07 PM  
one of six public toilets Philadelphia plans to install as part of a five-year plan

Five years? But I'm mad NOW!
 
2022-09-22 11:53:27 PM  
When I saw the 'public (sh)art' bit, I was thinking it was some sort of abysmal art purchased by the City of Philadelphia.

Because I have seen 'art' purchased by a city that still haunts my dreams.  And they have it on the bridge overpasses along the interstate.

So the next time you're on I-80 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, be prepared to see something that will scar your soul...
 
2022-09-22 11:58:29 PM  
can confirm, philly needs it. non-customer bathrooms can be hard to find even in the tourist areas.
 
2022-09-23 12:02:52 AM  
And when it's midnight at the public toilet, the public toilet fairies come out, and clean all the germs away.
"Away, away germs", is how their soft, lilting voices sound if you happen to pass by at the witching hour.
 
2022-09-23 12:07:32 AM  
design features like graffiti-proof wall panels

The beauty of a good turd crayon is that it has no limitations.
 
2022-09-23 12:16:48 AM  
We have one in San Antonio.  And apparently they 300K . WTF? Contractors are crooks.
 
2022-09-23 12:37:55 AM  

TWX: If the upper part of the walls is as open as that looks, then that is an absolutely horrible design in an era when drones are commonplace and buildings in the vicinity may have more than one floor.


That could be easily solved by changing the design so the top slats are angled to allow air flow but not provide line of sight. And yes by default they are angled upward supposedly to give an interesting view of surrounding buildings to anyone sitting on the toilet.
 
2022-09-23 12:41:54 AM  
On the one hand, that's disgusting. On the other, they have been using PortAPotties there for years, and nothing is more disgusting than those farking things. So, net win. At least most of the filth is actually flushed away.
 
2022-09-23 12:43:46 AM  
We have some here. Repurposed shipping containers in the middle of cracktown. Wonderful idea. Access to facilities should be a right, not a privilege.

Of course, as predicted, it took being open for all of 12 hours for the city to temporarily shut it down due to people taking advantage (drug use, sleeping, fighting, etc).

No good deed goes unpunished, but the optimist in me says "today it's toilets, tomorrow it's housing, safe injection sites, and ready access to healthcare."

I don't know where I was going with this, except to say that even if it doesn't go perfectly the first time, don't give up. Washrooms are desperately needed in urban areas, and it's about time our municipalities dealt with it.

Here's an interesting background piece on the subject _ Pay toilets and unintended consequences
 
2022-09-23 12:57:54 AM  

Klyukva: TWX: If the upper part of the walls is as open as that looks, then that is an absolutely horrible design in an era when drones are commonplace and buildings in the vicinity may have more than one floor.

That could be easily solved by changing the design so the top slats are angled to allow air flow but not provide line of sight. And yes by default they are angled upward supposedly to give an interesting view of surrounding buildings to anyone sitting on the toilet.


...and conversely, give an interesting view of anyone sitting on the toilet to surrounding buildings?
 
2022-09-23 1:05:08 AM  
There's no good answer to the bathroom dilemma. People need to go. If there are no public toilets then the people with money will go to a Starbucks and the homeless will go into a bag on the street.

Is this ideal? Not really. Let me know if something better comes along.
 
2022-09-23 1:49:17 AM  

AstroJesus: And when it's midnight at the public toilet, the public toilet fairies come out, and clean all the germs away.
"Away, away germs", is how their soft, lilting voices sound if you happen to pass by at the witching hour.


And when the germs don't go away...

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2022-09-23 4:33:10 AM  
FTA: "Public restrooms are a great way to improve quality of life and protect public health, and like many U.S. cities Philadelphia needs more," Kathleen Grady, Chief of Staff, Managing Director's Office -

Meanwhile, the embedded video show this:

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Don't worry, little girl.  Your quality of life is about to get shiatload better.
 
2022-09-23 7:27:02 AM  

Shryke: On the one hand, that's disgusting. On the other, they have been using PortAPotties there for years, and nothing is more disgusting than those farking things. So, net win. At least most of the filth is actually flushed away.


Suburban station is a block away. Gigantic open air toilet, so hopefully this won't get too much worse than it is there.
 
2022-09-23 7:37:49 AM  

LordOfThePings: one of six public toilets Philadelphia plans to install as part of a five-year plan

Five years? But I'm mad NOW!


Hey, if it didn't take 5 years to build 6 toilets, how could they charge the taxpayers the price of a small house for each one?
 
2022-09-23 7:55:33 AM  

untoldforce: There's no good answer to the bathroom dilemma. People need to go. If there are no public toilets then the people with money will go to a Starbucks and the homeless will go into a bag on the street.

Is this ideal? Not really. Let me know if something better comes along.


OK, I get it. Government doesn't want to pay for it. People don't want to clean them.  They get abused (drugs, sex, vandals). But is having piles of sh*t and pools of piss on your sidewalks a good look for your city? Then, find the budget, pay the cleaners and put the toilets out there.
 
2022-09-23 8:30:28 AM  

TWX: If the upper part of the walls is as open as that looks, then that is an absolutely horrible design in an era when drones are commonplace and buildings in the vicinity may have more than one floor.


Portland used to have these until the rich folks decided that the rest of us deserve to suck it in or poop in the street when we're out and about.  The roof overhangs and the louvers at the top don't let you have an angle.
 
2022-09-23 11:14:50 AM  
With the metal construction and the smell, people may think it's is a SEPTA (subway)  entrance.
 
2022-09-23 2:50:53 PM  
"Why are people shiatting in the streets?"

"We have no toilets for them. We will build one a year."

"THINK OF THE MESS! THINK OF THE PRIVACY, THEY WERE ONLY shiatTING IN THE STREE BEFORE! NOW IT'S IN A MOSTLY COVERED BUILDING YOU HAVE TO GO TO EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES TO SEE IN TO! WHAT IF SOMEONE....LOOKS...AT THEM?!"
 
2022-09-23 8:13:15 PM  
I really expected just a naked toilet fixture bolted to a street corner.
 
2022-09-23 9:24:04 PM  
Yeah, "journalist," no one gives a damn whether Karen Keegan, who likely owns a house with 3.5 bathrooms, will use the public toilet. It's not being installed primarily for use by her overprivileged azz.
 
2022-09-24 12:36:18 AM  

Flowery Twats: untoldforce: There's no good answer to the bathroom dilemma. People need to go. If there are no public toilets then the people with money will go to a Starbucks and the homeless will go into a bag on the street.

Is this ideal? Not really. Let me know if something better comes along.

OK, I get it. Government doesn't want to pay for it. People don't want to clean them.  They get abused (drugs, sex, vandals). But is having piles of sh*t and pools of piss on your sidewalks a good look for your city? Then, find the budget, pay the cleaners and put the toilets out there.


Seriously, even the Dutch figured this out and managed to at least put public urinals that don't expose the user despite being public on 3 sides and facing all other users directly "a thing" for men.

Doesn't stop the fact that 1) not all potty emergencies are #1, and 2) not everyone who needs to pee is psychologically or physiologically capable of using a urinal with 70% public exposure in the first place, but it's at least a start...
 
2022-09-24 12:44:11 AM  

Baloo Uriza: Flowery Twats: untoldforce: There's no good answer to the bathroom dilemma. People need to go. If there are no public toilets then the people with money will go to a Starbucks and the homeless will go into a bag on the street.

Is this ideal? Not really. Let me know if something better comes along.

OK, I get it. Government doesn't want to pay for it. People don't want to clean them.  They get abused (drugs, sex, vandals). But is having piles of sh*t and pools of piss on your sidewalks a good look for your city? Then, find the budget, pay the cleaners and put the toilets out there.

Seriously, even the Dutch figured this out and managed to at least put public urinals that don't expose the user despite being public on 3 sides and facing all other users directly "a thing" for men.

Doesn't stop the fact that 1) not all potty emergencies are #1, and 2) not everyone who needs to pee is psychologically or physiologically capable of using a urinal with 70% public exposure in the first place, but it's at least a start...


Also, this said, there should be some kind of symbol for folks who legit are too Dutch illiterate or generally illiterate to understand a "pissbok" without American, English and Dutch culture being effectively identical in the grand scheme of things...

Urinal Hand Washing Fail
Youtube 0-OYM7AhW7Q


This legit isn't on Dutch culture but on morons.  Most Dutch are Dutch/English bilingual because the languages are closer than Spanish/Portuguese.
 
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