The Toilet Economy of San Francisco
"Business," of course, being a euphemism.
Roberts noted that, with only two public toilets available in the Tenderloin, city workers were dispatched 2,500 times in 2010 to clean excrement off the street. The nonprofit Clean City did so 10,000 times to boot. Building and maintaining a public toilet in San Francisco costs hundreds of thousands of dollars -- as does paying workers to clean up after those who befoul the streets.
The crux of money, toilets, and money down the toilet makes good reading for ... well, just about anywhere. Here's an SF Weekly compendium:
- Public johns in San Francisco are far more expensive than in almost any other city -- but not New York.
- Wait, how did already sky-high public restroom replacement costs jump $53,000 apiece in a matter of two years?