The Tenderloin Has Become Your Own Personal Urinal

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Just open the door and pee inside
The Tenderloin smells like shit -- literally.

And if the lingering taste of urine you get in the back of your throat as you walk through the TL isn't enough to prove it, SF Clean City, which cleans Tenderloin streets, can tell you for a fact. The group charted the "incidents of human waste and urine," between January and July of last year -- somewhere between 600 and 800 incidents a month.

And here is why.

First, everything that goes in must come out, and if there are no public restrooms around, people will piss and poo on the street. As the Chronicle's C.W. Nevius points out in his column today, neighborhood organizations in the Tenderloin do an ace job at providing a gamut of needed services -- housing, drug counseling, legal advice, and food.

But they do a lousy job at providing the one thing the Tenderloin desperately needs -- toilets.

Rev. Cecil Williams of Glide Memorial Church, which serves meals to homeless residents, tells Nevius that while there are restrooms in the dining hall people who are eating can use, Glide's in the business of feeding people on the streets.

Again, what goes in must come out.

"I just find it offensive," said Dina Hilliard, interim executive director of the North of Market/Tenderloin Community Benefit District. "They are willing to serve food, but not deal with the impact. It is left for the residents, and particularly children, to walk through feces because these groups are turning a blind eye to the problem."

And if we have laws to clean up after our dogs, then we should certainly spend more money on public bathrooms, Hilliard says.

Surely, that money wouldn't go to, ahem, waste.

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