It’s deja poo all over again
Posted by Liberty on December 9, 2008
Open for business as in drug deals, prostitution and “low rent” accommodations for bums. I’m sure a lot of Portland taxpayers and tourists are going to be using these facilities. Right…
“Officials said Old Town was selected as the first location for the loo because the area has a large homeless population, along with many late-night bars and and clubs. The city has wanted to provide a restroom that can be open 24 hours a day in the area.”
Seattle recently removed their automated toilets after wasting at least 5 million taxpayer dollars. As it turns out, those toilets offered plenty of privacy for the most private of bodily functions…all kinds of functions, really.
“In the end, the restrooms, installed in early 2004, had become so filthy, so overrun with drug abusers and prostitutes, that although use was free of charge, even some of the city’s most destitute people refused to step inside them.”
And, here’s the best part:
“Seattle officials say the project here failed because the toilets, which are to close on Aug. 1, were placed in neighborhoods that already had many drug users and transients.”
Seattle claims that the reason these toilets were a problem is that they were placed amongst bums and druggies and Portland is deliberately putting them where there are bums and druggies. Priceless.